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Problems at social re-integration of long-term cancer survivors.

Authors
  • Greaves-Otte, J G
  • Greaves, J
  • Kruyt, P M
  • van Leeuwen, O
  • van der Wouden, J C
  • van der Does, E
Type
Published Article
Journal
European Journal of Cancer
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
27
Issue
2
Pages
178–181
Identifiers
PMID: 1827285
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

To assess the long-term consequences of cancer for everyday life, a postal survey in the Netherlands was done among 849 ex-cancer patients. Almost all responders were self-supporting to a large extent. Compared with the period before diagnosis, the socioeconomic position had not changed in 62%. 28% of the responders who were employed at the time of diagnosis (10% of all responders), were now housekeepers (99% female). Absence from work at survey did not differ significantly from absence in the year before diagnosis. A history of cancer tended to have a negative impact on promotional prospects and income. Ex-cancer patients were often confronted with problems when they tried to take out insurance or to modify an existing policy. The psychological well-being of the responders was low, compared to the average Dutch population.

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