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Negative Affect Prior to Radiation Therapy Predicts Poorer Outcomes; Positive Affect Weaker

Poster Session VII - Board: VII-043
Sunday, May 24, 2009, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Michael A. Cohn
University of California, San Francisco

Christine Miaskowski
University of California, San Francisco

Judith T. Moskowitz
University of California, San Francisco

Among cancer patients and family caregivers, negative affect prior to radiation therapy predicted greater pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, anxiety, and depression over the following six months, even when controlling for baseline levels. Positive affect did not predict better outcomes overall, but predicted recovery following highs of anxiety and daytime fatigue.

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