State anxiety and cancer-specific anxiety in survivors of breast cancer

Nan E. Rothrock*, Alicia K. Matthews, Sarah A. Sellergren, Gini Fleming, Marcy List

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The current study aimed to identify rates and predictors (demographic, treatment, and psychological variables) of state and cancer-specific anxiety among survivors of breast cancer. Data were collected through a structured telephone interview with 120 women who were at least one year posttreatment. Rates of state anxiety were substantially lower than were the norms for general medical patients. Cancer-specific anxiety was also mild. In hierarchical regression analyses, higher levels of trait anxiety were associated with state and cancer-specific anxiety (β = .73, p < .001, and β = .34, p < .001, respectively). Higher levels of risk perception were associated only with greater cancer-specific anxiety (β = .03, p = .057). The findings suggest the need for specificity in assessing anxiety among women with a history of breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-109
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004


  • Anxiety
  • Breast cancer
  • Survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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