Exploration of Relationships Between Symptoms, Work Characteristics, and Quality of Life in Young Adult Hematologic Cancer Survivors

Lauren V. Ghazal, John D. Merriman, Sheila J. Santacroce, Jason Fletcher, Fay Wright, Victoria Vaughan Dickson

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Abstract

This study explores relationships between individual, microsystem (work) characteristics, and quality of life (QOL) among young adult (YA; ages 20-39 years at diagnosis) hematologic cancer survivors. Forty YAs who had completed cancer therapy within the past 5 years were recruited through social media and completed an online survey. Poorer QOL was associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms, fatigue, impaired cognitive function, and poorer work ability and financial health (all p < 0.05). A comprehensive understanding of work characteristics, including work ability, may lead to multilevel interventions improving QOL. Future research should include larger, more diverse samples of YA cancer survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-534
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2022

Keywords

  • hematologic cancer
  • quality of life
  • symptoms
  • work
  • work ability
  • work environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology

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