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Health behaviors of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer survivors.
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PMID:  21725627     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Lung cancer survivors are at risk for cancer recurrence and other chronic illnesses related predominantly to prior tobacco use and older age. Optimal quality of post-treatment care requires greater knowledge of survivors' adherence to behavioral health recommendations. This study reports the rates of smoking, physical activity, alcohol use, cancer screenings, and routine primary care visits in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) survivors.
METHODS: Stage IA and IB NSCLC survivors (N = 183, mean age = 69.0 years) with no evidence of disease 1-6 years post-treatment completed standard survey items regarding health and cancer screening behaviors.
RESULTS: Most survivors (83.5%) had a history of smoking, but 64.8% quit prior to diagnosis and only 5.5% continued to smoke. Alcohol intake recommendations were exceeded by 5.4% and 17.3% of men and women, respectively. In a typical week, 23.1% met physical activity guidelines. Regarding cancer screenings, 89.3% were adherent to colorectal cancer screening guidelines. Among women, 72.0% had a mammogram within the previous year and 81.5% had a pap test in the previous 3 years; among men, 86.7% had a prostate-specific antigen test in the previous year. Almost all (97.3%) had seen a primary care provider in the past year.
DISCUSSIONS/CONCLUSIONS: The majority of lung cancer survivors were adherent to health promotion recommendations, but few engaged in the recommended level of physical activity.
IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS: Physical and pulmonary rehabilitation interventions may help lung cancer survivors maintain sufficient levels of physical activity, which can have numerous benefits for older adults.
Paul Krebs; Elliot J Coups; Marc B Feinstein; Jack E Burkhalter; Richard M Steingart; Amy Logue; Bernard J Park; Jamie S Ostroff
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-07-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cancer survivorship : research and practice     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1932-2267     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cancer Surviv     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-21     Completed Date:  2012-06-19     Revised Date:  2014-06-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101307557     Medline TA:  J Cancer Surviv     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / pathology,  psychology*,  surgery
Colonoscopy / utilization
Disease-Free Survival
Health Behavior*
Lung Neoplasms / pathology,  psychology*,  surgery
Mammography / utilization
Middle Aged
Motor Activity
Neoplasm Staging
Occult Blood
Office Visits / statistics & numerical data
Patient Compliance
Prostate-Specific Antigen / blood
Smoking / epidemiology
Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data
Socioeconomic Factors
Survivors / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Vaginal Smears / utilization
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
EC Antigen

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