An examination of the psychosocial factors influencing colorectal cancer patients' communication of colorectal cancer patient risk with their siblings Journal Article


Authors: Lawsin, C.; Duhamel, K.; Itzkowitz, S.; Brown, K.; Lim, H.; Jandorf, L.
Article Title: An examination of the psychosocial factors influencing colorectal cancer patients' communication of colorectal cancer patient risk with their siblings
Abstract: This study examined psychosocial factors influencing colorectal cancer (CRC) patients' communication with their first-degree relatives regarding their CRC risk. Among a sample ofCRC patients who were members ofa colon registry in New York (n = 127), 60% reported discussing CRC risk with their siblings. These discussions were related to the CRC patients' age ofdiagnosis, such that those diagnosed before age 45 years were more likely to communicate with their siblings about CRC risk. Despite advances made in CRC prevention, compliance with screening recommendations among individuals who may be at familial risk for the disease is low. Perhaps this underrepresentation reflects how CRC patients communicate with their first-degree relatives about their potential risk for the disease. This study examined the psychosocial factors influencing whether CRC patients communicate with their siblings about CRC risk. The sample included CRC patients with siblings who enrolled in a colon disease registry at a NYC metropolitan hospital. Participants completed questionnaires regarding their current psychosocial functioning, perceived risk of sibling's development ofCRC, and communication of CRC risk with their siblings. Patients were predominantly Caucasian, with a mean age of6 0.4 years. Ofthe 127 patients, 60% engaged in discussions with their siblings regarding their CRC risk. Patients diagnosed with CRC before the age of 45 years were more likely to discuss the risk ofCRC with their siblings (P < 0.01). These data suggest that CRC patients may serve as an effective vehicle to promote CRC screening and support the need for health care providers to not only educate patients ofthe familial risk of CRC, but to also encourage these patients to communicate this information with their siblings. Copyright © 2009 American Association for Cancer Research.
Keywords: adult; middle aged; major clinical study; cancer risk; united states; cancer patient; neoplasm staging; colorectal cancer; genetic predisposition to disease; quality of life; risk factors; health behavior; patient education; cancer screening; risk factor; siblings; colorectal neoplasms; questionnaire; social support; registries; communication; distress syndrome; health care personnel; cancer registry; sibling; health knowledge, attitudes, practice; caucasian; relative; social psychology; sibling relations
Journal Title: Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
Volume: 18
Issue: 11
ISSN: 1055-9965
Publisher: American Association for Cancer Research  
Date Published: 2009-11-01
Start Page: 2907
End Page: 2912
Language: English
DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.epi-07-2558
PUBMED: 19900939
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC2776737
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Notes: --- - "Export Date: 30 November 2010" - "CODEN: CEBPE" - "Source: Scopus"
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