An examination of coping strategies used by long-term cancer survivors

Maureen A. Cava

Abstract


Little research has been conducted in the area of long-term psychosocial adjustment in cancer patients. In a qualitative study of five long-term survivors, various coping strategies are suggested as a way of dealing with this life-threatening disease. The Neuman Systems Model (1989) was used as a theoretical basis for this research. The findings also support the current literature that fear of recurrence and uncertainty of the future are major concerns for survivors.

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