Psychosocial development in survivors of childhood differentiated thyroid carcinoma: a cross-sectional study

Marloes Nies, Bernadette L Dekker, Esther Sulkers, Gea A Huizinga, Ms Klein Hesselink, Heleen Maurice-Stam, Martha A Grootenhuis, Ah Brouwers, Johannes Gm Burgerhof, Eveline W C M van Dam, Bas Havekes, Marry M van den Heuvel-Eibrink, E P Corssmit, Leontien C Kremer, Romana Netea-Maier, Heleen H J van der Pal, Robin P Peeters, JThM Plukker, Cecile Ronckers, Hanneke Margo van SantenA N A van der Horst-Schrivers, Wim J E Tissing, Gianni Bocca, Thera P Links

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Abstract

Objective: The impact of childhood differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) on psychosocial development has not yet been studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the achievement of psychosocial developmental milestones in long-term survivors of childhood DTC.

Design and methods: Survivors of childhood DTC diagnosed between 1970 and 2013 were included. Reasons for exclusion were age 35 years at follow-up, a follow-up period

Results: We included 39 survivors of childhood DTC (response rate 83.0%, mean age at diagnosis 15.6 years, and mean age at evaluation 26.1 years). CoLQ scores did not significantly differ between survivors of childhood DTC and the two non-affected groups. CoLQ scores of childhood DTC survivors were compared to scores of other CCS diagnosed at similar ages (n = 76). DTC survivors scored significantly higher on social development than other CCS, but scores were similar on autonomy and psychosexual developmental scales.

Conclusions: Survivors of childhood DTC showed similar development on social, autonomy, and psychosexual domains compared to non-affected individuals. Social development was slightly more favorable in DTC survivors than in other CCS, but was similar on autonomy and psychosexual domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-223
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Endocrinology
Volume178
Issue number3
Early online date18-Dec-2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2018

Keywords

  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • LONG-TERM SURVIVORS
  • ADULT SURVIVORS
  • CANCER SURVIVORS
  • SOCIAL OUTCOMES
  • CHILDREN
  • THERAPY
  • COHORT

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