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The course of anxiety, depression and unmet needs in survivors of diffuse large B cell lymphoma and multiple myeloma in the early survivorship period

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posted on 2024-06-04, 11:08 authored by D Oberoi, Vicki WhiteVicki White, J Seymour, HM Prince, S Harrison, M Jefford, I Winship, D Hill, D Bolton, A Kay, J Millar, NW Doo, G Giles
Purpose The purpose of the study is to examine the course of anxiety, depression and unmet needs in diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and multiple myeloma (MM) survivors in the first 2 years post diagnosis. Methods DLBCL and MM survivors, recruited through the Victorian Cancer Registry, completed two interviews approximately 7 and 15 months post diagnosis. Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and Supportive Care Needs Survey (SCNS-SF34) were completed at both interviews. Primary outcomes were prevalence of anxiety, depression and unmet needs (any or moderate–high). Generalized estimating equation examined whether course of anxiety, depression and unmet needs differed between the two cancers. Results Overall, 236 DLBCL and 178 MM survivors completed both telephone interviews. Course of anxiety differed (p < 0.01) with rate increasing in DLBCL (14 to 22%) while remaining stable for MM (15 to 12%). Course of depression also differed (p < 0.01), decreasing for MM (22 to 12%) and remaining stable for DLBCL (15 to 16%) survivors. Change in unmet needs was generally similar for the two cancer groups, except for moderate to high psychological needs (p < 0.05). Conclusions Patterns of change in anxiety and depression in first 2 years post diagnosis differ for DLBCL and MM survivors. Implications for cancer survivors Studying psychological outcomes in mixed haematological cancer samples may be inappropriate, at least in the early survivorship phase. Separate studies of the experiences of people with the different haematological cancer subtypes are needed to ensure psychosocial and supportive care interventions are appropriate to the needs of individuals with different haematological cancers.



Journal of cancer survivorship






Berlin, Germany







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C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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