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Traumatic Experiences of Patients With Advanced Cancer

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The purpose of this study was to investigate posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in advanced cancer patients, their reported traumatic experiences, and the relationship between patients with PTSD and non-PTSD as well as between cancer as trauma versus other traumatic experiences. A descriptive analysis revealed that 195 advanced cancer patients had anxiety disorders; 170 had PTSD, while 25 had other anxiety disorders. The majority of the patients (66.7%) with PTSD reported that their cancer diagnosis was the traumatic event for them. In addition, 10.8% reported that they had experienced a death of a loved one, and the rest (22.5%) reported other traumatic events. Death of a loved one and cancer seemed to be the most traumatic events for patients in advanced stages of cancer, and thus psychotherapeutic treatment is essential.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Areteion Hospital, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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