Problems at social re-integration of long-term cancer survivors

J G Greaves-Otte, J Greaves, P M Kruyt, O van Leeuwen, J C van der Wouden, E van der Does

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Abstract

To assess the long-term consequences of cancer for everyday life, a postal survey in the Netherlands was done among 849 ex-cancer patients. Almost all responders were self-supporting to a large extent. Compared with the period before diagnosis, the socioeconomic position had not changed in 62%. 28% of the responders who were employed at the time of diagnosis (10% of all responders), were now housekeepers (99% female). Absence from work at survey did not differ significantly from absence in the year before diagnosis. A history of cancer tended to have a negative impact on promotional prospects and income. Ex-cancer patients were often confronted with problems when they tried to take out insurance or to modify an existing policy. The psychological well-being of the responders was low, compared to the average Dutch population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-81
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Volume27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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Greaves-Otte, J. G., Greaves, J., Kruyt, P. M., van Leeuwen, O., van der Wouden, J. C., & van der Does, E. (1991). Problems at social re-integration of long-term cancer survivors. European Journal of Cancer, 27(2), 178-81.