A cross-sectional study of distress: A cancer response

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Aim: To describe the experience of distress in people with cancer of working age. Design: A cross-sectional study. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, patients (N = 168) with both ongoing (N = 56) and completed treatment (N = 105) completed the Distress Thermometer and the detailed problem list. Data were analysed by descriptive and analytical statistics. Results: A large proportion of patients (29%) continued to experience high distress (>3 according to the Distress Thermometer) even after treatment was completed. Patients experienced several problems after treatment had ended such as fatigue (44%), sleep problems (34%), worries (31%), pain (31%), tingling in hands and feet (31%) and problems with memory/concentration (30%). Patients with financial/insurance problems had significantly higher distress than those who did not have these problems.


External organisations
  • Central Hospital Kristianstad
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Kristianstad University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Family Medicine


  • cancer, distress, distress thermometer, fatigue, financial, oncology, psychosocial, rehabilitation, treatment, working age
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)850-856
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Open
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May
Publication categoryResearch