Psychological and sexual well-being, philosophical/spiritual views, and health habits of long-term cancer survivors

Health Care Women Int. May-Jun 1995;16(3):253-62. doi: 10.1080/07399339509516176.


The results of a survey on various aspects of quality of life for 191 women who were long-term cancer survivors are presented. We explored six areas--somatic concerns, health habits, psychological state, sexual satisfaction, social/emotional support giving, and philosophical/spiritual view--and whether differences existed in them among the women on the basis of age, educational level, income level, length of survival, location of residence (urban, suburban, or rural), cancer site, and whether a recurrence of the cancer had been experienced. Generally, the women reported good psychological states and relative satisfaction with their sexual lives. However, women who had experienced a recurrence of their cancer, were longer term survivors, or suffered from breast cancer all reported higher levels of somatic concerns. Women with higher levels of education or income and those who had had a recurrence of their cancer indicated a greater willingness to provide social and emotional support to other women newly diagnosed with cancer. Women who had a positive philosophical/spiritual outlook were more likely to have good health habits and be supportive of others. There was no statistically significant variation among the women in either health habits or psychological state for any of the factors considered.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Quality of Life
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Survivors / psychology*
  • Women's Health