Examining the influence of coping with pain on depression, anxiety, and fatigue among women with breast cancer

Bobbie K. Reddick, Joy P. Nanda, Lenora Campbell, Denny G. Ryman, Fannie Gaston-Johansson

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Abstract

Breast cancer treatment can have a profound influence on a woman's physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being. Anxiety, depression, anger, fatigue, and fear of recurrence are common responses to a diagnosis of breast cancer and undergoing breast cancer treatment. Women develop their own coping strategies for the pain and other effects of treatment. However, it is unclear whether there is a relationship between adaptation to pain and psychological distress during breast cancer treatment. Findings from the present study reveal that breast cancer patients who have better pain coping strategies also have lower levels of anxiety, fatigue and depression. These results suggest that pain coping interventions may reduce fatigue and psychological distress among women with breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-157
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume23
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Breast cancer
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Pain coping strategies
  • Psychological distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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