Taking Care of Second Cancer Risk

Krista L. Wilkins, PhD, RN; Roberta L. Woodgate, PhD


Cancer Nurs. 2012;35(1):55-62. 

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Although the study findings cannot be generalized to all cancer survivors, it is anticipated that this research will foster an understanding of cancer survivors' support needs for taking care of second cancer risk from which future research questions may be derived. The diversity of cancer survivors precluded a detailed description of the support needs according to developmental stage or illness variables (eg, type of cancer, time since cancer diagnosis). No sex-specific differences in second cancer risk perceptions were identified, perhaps owing to the small number of males participating in the interviews. Further research is needed to determine the influence of sex differences in the second cancer risk perceptions of cancer survivors. Further research is necessary to capture potential differences in the support needs of younger cancer survivors and cancer survivors from different cultural backgrounds. Although this study investigated how healthcare professionals can best support survivors in taking care of second cancer risk, it was not the sole focus of the study. Research focusing exclusively on cancer survivors' preferred social support practices is warranted.