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Optimistic, Realistic, and Pessimistic Illness Perceptions; Quality of Life; and Survival Among 2457 Cancer Survivors: The Population-Based PROFILES Registry.

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Summary of "Optimistic, Realistic, and Pessimistic Illness Perceptions; Quality of Life; and Survival Among 2457 Cancer Survivors: The Population-Based PROFILES Registry."

Threatening illness perceptions (IPs) have been associated with poorer health outcomes. However, to the authors' knowledge, it remains unclear whether threatening IPs that are consistent with disease severity are equally harmful. The aim of the current study was to: 1) identify subgroups of cancer survivors based on IP and prognosis; and 2) assess the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and survival associated with these subgroups.

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Name: Cancer
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