Mood states of patients after the diagnosis of cancer

David F. Celia, Susan Tross, E. John Orav, Jimmie C. Holland, Peter M. Silberfarb, Sameer Rafla

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Data on the widely used Profile of Mood States (POMS) are presented for 923 recently diagnosed, previously untreated cancer patients. The patients’ responses to the POMS were significantly different from those of other groups on which normative data are currently available. Therefore, the authors recommend that investigators who are conducting empirical studies of mood in patients with cancer use the tables in this article rather than previously published test norms on college students and psychotherapy patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jul 6 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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