Relationships between anxiety in medical situations and age, gender, duration of illness, and communication problems with friends or relatives were examined in a heterogeneous sample of 117 adult cancer patients. The relationships between the same demographic, medical, and psychosocial variables and chemotherapy-related problems in a subsample of 79 patients receiving chemotherapy also were examined. Results indicated that females and patients who reported more communication problems with friends or relatives reported more anxiety in medical situations. Female patients and patients who reported more communication problems with friends or relatives also reported more chemotherapy-related problems. Duration of illness was not related significantly to either dependent measure. Clinical implications of these results are discussed.
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- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health