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Vol 67, No 6 (2017)
Review paper
Published online: 2018-05-23
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Cancer related PTSD symptoms in patients of all ages and their relatives, and general risk factors

Monika Paleczna
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.2017.0058
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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2017;67(6):359-364.

open access

Vol 67, No 6 (2017)
Review article
Published online: 2018-05-23

Abstract

Since the DSM-IV, a life threatening disease is considered as a potential source of PTSD. One of the core elements of the diagnosis is experiencing a traumatic event or being a witness of a close person experiencing it. For instance, cancer might be the stressor that affects not only patients, but also their relatives and caregivers. Cancer-related PTSD may occur at any stage of life (childhood and adolescence, adulthood, old age) and manifests itself in different ways.
The first purpose of this paper is to describe each age group, thus showing PTSD from the perspective of children and teenagers, adults, and seniors. The second aim is to present the symptoms in the parents, siblings, and children of cancer patients. The third task is to describe risk factors that affect the occurrence of PTSD. Additionally, there are suggestions regarding issues which deserve future consideration.

Abstract

Since the DSM-IV, a life threatening disease is considered as a potential source of PTSD. One of the core elements of the diagnosis is experiencing a traumatic event or being a witness of a close person experiencing it. For instance, cancer might be the stressor that affects not only patients, but also their relatives and caregivers. Cancer-related PTSD may occur at any stage of life (childhood and adolescence, adulthood, old age) and manifests itself in different ways.
The first purpose of this paper is to describe each age group, thus showing PTSD from the perspective of children and teenagers, adults, and seniors. The second aim is to present the symptoms in the parents, siblings, and children of cancer patients. The third task is to describe risk factors that affect the occurrence of PTSD. Additionally, there are suggestions regarding issues which deserve future consideration.

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Keywords

PTSD, cancer, cancer patients, risk factors, relatives, children, adults, seniors

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Title

Cancer related PTSD symptoms in patients of all ages and their relatives, and general risk factors

Journal

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

Issue

Vol 67, No 6 (2017)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

359-364

Published online

2018-05-23

DOI

10.5603/NJO.2017.0058

Bibliographic record

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2017;67(6):359-364.

Keywords

PTSD
cancer
cancer patients
risk factors
relatives
children
adults
seniors

Authors

Monika Paleczna

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