Cancer Survivorship Program: Implementation for Individuals With Recurrent Breast Cancer

Darcy Burbage

Nicole Duffy

E.J. Johnson

Susan M. Schneider

recurrent breast cancer, quality of life, cancer survivorship
CJON 2020, 24(1), 89-94. DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.89-94

Background: Patients are living longer with recurrent breast cancer, but survivorship programs for these individuals are lacking.

Objectives: The aims were to implement a survivorship program for individuals with recurrent breast cancer, increase their quality of life (QOL), and evaluate patient satisfaction with the program.

Methods: Survivors were referred for a one-hour coaching intervention tailored to their needs based on results of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy–Breast (FACT-B) survey. Satisfaction was assessed immediately and two weeks postintervention. A paired t test was used to evaluate QOL scores before and two weeks following participation.

Findings: Statistically significant (p = 0.000) improvements were observed overall and in each subscale of the FACT-B survey. Patient satisfaction was high immediately postintervention and remained high at the two-week assessment.

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