How cancer not only affects the patient but the patient’s family

How cancer not only affects the patient but the patient’s family

Annotated bibliography

Chen, Ruoqing et al. “Impact Of Parental Cancer On IQ, Stress Resilience, And Physical Fitness In Young Men.” Clinical Epidemiology, Volume 10, 2018, pp. 593-604. Dove Medical Press Ltd., doi:10.2147/clep.s152210.

Several authors among them Chen, Kennedy, Fang Fang, and Kamila Czene teamed up to write this article which discusses the increased risks of physical and mental problems among children whose parents have to deal with cancer. The purpose of this article is to address the association of familial cancer with stress resilience, physical fitness, and IQ of men who went through the compulsory military training examination during their early adulthood. The study specifically focused on whether factors such as the sex of the parent, the age of men during their parent’s diagnosis and prognosis of familial cancer varied regarding their association with cancer. This article is credible because it uses evidence from previous data and its authors have a profession in medicine. This article is a useful source for this study as it analyses how cancer impacts children.

Girgis, Afaf et al. “Physical, Psychosocial, Relationship, And Economic Burden Of Caring For People With Cancer: A Review”. Journal Of Oncology Practice, vol 9, no. 4, 2013, pp. 197-202. American Society Of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), doi:10.1200/jop.2012.000690.

In this article, Girgis, Lambert, Johnson, Waller & Currow explore the roles of caregivers in an oncology setting and how these responsibilities may assist health professionals in supporting them and also give services to the most in need. The purpose of this article is to offer an overview of issues that caregivers of patients diagnosed with cancer face highlighting particularly on the economic, physical, psychosocial impact of caring. The article also provides that caregivers play a vital role in the overall care of patients with cancer, and for some, they equate it to a full-time job. The article also explores the positive impact of caregiving by stating that even though caregiving comes with shock, disbelief distress, and anger, caregivers felt like the process of caring for someone with cancer can bring out positive emotions. The fact that this article uses evidence from previous research, and that its authors hold a professional background as Doctors, it makes it credible and useful for this research.

Hagedoorn, Mariët et al. “Coping With Cancer: The Perspective Of Patients’ Relatives.” Acta Oncologica, vol 50, no. 2, 2011, pp. 205-211. Informa UK Limited, doi:10.3109/0284186x.2010.536165.

In this article, Hagedoorn, Kreicbergs & Appel, 2011 examine the nature of caregiving and the coping mechanisms of family members with a cancer patient. This article aims to review the psychosocial effects of cancer and the treatment available for patient’s relatives including partners of adults with cancer, parents, and siblings of children with cancer, and children of parents with cancer. In the study, the authors found that grief has a short term effect on the psychological well-being of family members, but it lasts long for parents who lost children through cancer. This article provides a credible source of information for this research because it draws majorly from previous literature and also the fact that its authors have a medical professional background education.



Woźniak, Katarzyna, and Dariusz Iżycki2. “Cancer: A Family At Risk.” Journal Of Oncology, vol 4, no. 14, 2014, pp. 253–261. Pubmed, doi:10.5114/pm.2014.45002. Accessed 11 Mar 2019.

Woźniak & Iżycki in their article discusses the risks that a family with cancer patient experiences. This article aims to examine the nature of caregiving in an oncology setting and the biggest concerns of the family members. In this article, Woźniak & Iżycki assert that experience with a cancer patient is usually a difficult one because the diagnosis not only affects the stability of the family system, but it also has far-reaching consequences such as strain on coping mechanisms, living in constant indisposition of a death threat, burden, and distress. Both the authors hold PhDs in medicine, and their medical professional backgrounds make this article credible for this study. This article is useful for this research because it looks into the nature of caregiving and how it impacts on the lives of caregivers.