Ovarian Cancer

Project Name:

Understanding the Psychological Well-Being of Individuals and Couples Facing Ovarian Cancer

About the Project:

Ovarian cancer is an insidious disease, with a variable and unpredictable course.   Research has demonstrated that women diagnosed with ovarian cancer often report high levels of symptom burden, distress, and a significant reduction in quality of life. Due to the high rate of recurrence and associated prognosis, one of the main issues that women report struggling with is fear of recurrence (FOR), which is associated with significant distress and can have a significant and negative impact on their overall functioning. Additionally, research has revealed that FOR is experienced by partners as well as the patient, and can hinder the couples’ ability to cope with and adjust to the demands and challenges of the disease.

Purpose of the Study:

To increase our understanding of fear of recurrence and dyadic coping in women with ovarian cancer in order to inform future intervention.

These findings were published in:

Crangle, C. J., Torbit, L. A., Ferguson, S. E., & Hart, T. L. (2019). Dyadic coping mediates the effects of attachment on quality of life among couples facing ovarian cancer. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 43, 564-575.