Division of Cancer Survivorship Research
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Annual Report 2014

Division of Cancer Survivorship Research



Miyako Takahashi, Makiko Tomita, Makiko Tazaki, Kyoko Onozawa

Introduction

The Division of Cancer Survivorship was established in April 2013. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of people with cancer and their caregivers, and to promote social awareness in Japan about cancer survivorship issues.

Routine activities

As for academic research, we mainly deal with various psychosocial issues experienced by cancer survivors and their caregivers during and after treatments such as employment, interpersonal relationships, sexuality and fertility, prejudice against cancer, and life-style modifications. In particular, we examine the influence of the Japanese socio-cultural background on living with and through cancer, and try to propose countermeasures based on the research findings.
As for activities to promote social awareness toward cancer survivorship, we plan and implement educational programs for the general public as well as healthcare providers.
In addition to the above mentioned activities, Dr. Miyako Takahashi, Division Chief, served as a member of “Cancer and Work” council organized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2014.

Research activities

The research projects we conducted in 2014 include “cancer and work”, “psychosocial impact of appearance change among male cancer survivors”, “pediatric cancer survivors’ sexual development”, “father-child communication when mother has cancer”, and so on. As for research on cancer and work, we published “Cancer and Work Q&A 2nd edition”, which is now available on Cancer Information Service website.
This year, we conducted keynote lectures, symposium presentations, and oral presentations in 13 academic meetings. Also, we published 4 articles in English, 10 articles, 1 edited book, and 4 chapters in co-authored book in Japanese.

Education

As for education for healthcare providers in 2014, we delivered lectures in 3 universities for medical and nursing students, 3 lectures for advanced nursing courses, 2 lectures for the Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Association, 6 lectures for prefectural governments, and 22 lectures for medical institutions nationwide.
As for promoting social awareness of cancer survivorship, we planned and implemented 2 lecture series, “Community Center Café” and “Gotochi (Local) Café”, which were open to the public. These café programs were held in a relaxed atmosphere with a cup of tea, consist of a lecture that takes up various cancer survivorship topics followed by a small group discussion by participants. It provided participants an opportunity to learn about cancer survivorship issues as well as exchange views each other. In 2014, we held The Community Center Café 6 times with 300 participants in total in the Tsukishima Community Center in Chuo ward, where National Cancer Center is located. The Gotochi (Local) Café, the other café program, has the same structure as the Community Center Cafe, but was co-sponsored by our division and healthcare providers in prefectures outside of Tokyo, and focused on high priority survivorship issues within the local community. In 2014, we held the Gotochi Café 4 times in Okinawa, Miyagi, Hokkaido, and Nara, and 200 people participated.


List of papers published in 2014
Journal
  •  1. Saito N, Takahashi M, Sairenchi T, Muto T. The impact of breast cancer on employment among Japanese women. J Occup Health, 56:49-55, 2014
  •  2. Takahashi M. Psychosocial distress among young breast cancer survivors: implications for healthcare providers. Breast Cancer, 21:664-669, 2014