Psychosocial Distress Among Cancer Patients: Assessment, Predictors, and Effect on Quality of Life

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Long Beach Medical Center, Orange Coast Medical Center
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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) published guidelines and recommended that “all patients should be screened for distress … especially with changes in disease status” (NCCN, 2005 p DIS-3). The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer have adopted the NCCN recommendations and decided that by January 2013 cancer centers must show evidence of psychosocial distress assessment in order to meet accreditation requirements. Orange Coast Medical Center's cancer services are accredited by the ACoS and are due for re-accreditation soon. This study will quantify levels of psychosocial distress experienced by cancer patients at different stages of their disease, explore predictors of distress, and analyze whether any relationship exists between levels of distress and their perceived quality of life.