Journal article

'Why us?' Causal attributions of childhood cancer survivors, survivors' parents and community comparisons - a mixed methods analysis.

J Vetsch, CE Wakefield, EL Doolan, C Signorelli, BM McGill, L Moore, P Techakesari, R Pieters, AF Patenaude, M McCarthy, RJ Cohn, undefined ANZCHOG Survivorship Study Group

Acta Oncol | Published : 2019

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Understanding the cause of their cancer is important for many cancer patients. Childhood cancer survivors'/survivors' parents' beliefs about cancer etiology are understudied. We aimed to assess survivors'/parents' beliefs about what causes childhood cancer, compared with beliefs in the community. We also investigated the influence of clinical and socio-demographic characteristics on the participants' beliefs about cancer etiology. METHODS: This two-stage study investigated the participants' beliefs, by using questionnaires assessing causal attributions related to childhood cancer (stage 1) and then undertaking telephone interviews (stage 2; survivors/survivors' parents only) to..

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