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Nurses Key in Helping Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients Overcome Fears Continued

Rebecca Lehto
Individuals treated for lung cancer report higher illness burden, lower quality of life, and higher psychological distress compared with survivors of other cancers. Lehto’s early work identified that severe worry in individuals facing a suspected lung cancer diagnosis was associated with the development of negative and threatening contents in their cognitive representations of illness and adaptive outcomes to cancer. Her subsequent pilot work examined structural characteristics associated with severe worry. Dr. Lehto aims to further test and refine her conceptual framework, evaluate behavioral outcomes, and develop and test a theoretically grounded cognitive-behavioral intervention program to help the vulnerable survivors of lung cancer to reduce their worry.