Patients also reported the impact of worry on their life and how often they had issues with daily activities, felt distant from friends/family, or felt upset because of their diagnosis of thyroid cancer.
A total of 2,215 thyroid cancer survivors who were disease-free were included in this study. Of those people who responded to the survey, 41% of patients reported worry about death, 54.7% reported worry about decreased quality of life, 58% reported worry about other family members being at risk for cancer, and 63.2% reported worry about their cancer coming back. There was more worry in patients with lower education when compared to those patients with a college degree or higher education. There was less worry reported in males and in older aged patients. Asian and Hispanic patients were associated with more worry than white patients.
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS STUDY?
Cancer-related worry is a major problem for thyroid cancer survivors despite the excellent prognosis. Groups associated with more worry include female patients, younger patients, patients with lower education, and racial/ethnic minorities. Physician recognition of cancerrelated worry is important recognize this and help patients to reduce worry.
— Priya Mahajan, MD