Introduction

Surviving cancer does not just mean recovering one's physical health and adding theoretical years back to one's life expectancy. It also entails coping with the many extra-physical (e.g., emotional, social, occupational, financial) issues that typically accompany—and may extend well beyond—the acute experience of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Indeed, in a recent survey of self-identified cancer survivors (most of whom had received a cancer diagnosis more than 2 years prior to the survey), 40% indicated that their life was still affected "more than a little" by cancer, 53% replied that it was harder dealing with their emotional than their physical needs, 60% experienced problems in a close relationship, 32% reportedjob disruptions or loss, 72% reported suffering with depression at some point in their recovery, and 70% felt their physician had been unable to help with their nonmedical needs (see Wolff, this volume).

Such statistics underscore the findings of many quantitative and qualitative studies attesting to the significance of psychosocial and other nonmedical aspects of cancer survival. McKenzie and Crouch,1 for example, poignantly described the existential, self-identity, and relationship challenges with which many cancer survivors contend, and Main et al? documented the difficulties often encountered in work situations. A number of investigators have examined the occurrence of, or tested interventions to ameliorate, the psychological symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety) or challenges to quality of life wrought by the cancer experience (e.g., Osborn et al.3).

This chapter focuses on one fundamental aspect of cancer survival: the emotional well-being of the survivor. After defining what I mean by emotional well-being, I will present a theoretical model suggesting how people generally restore their sense of well-being after it has been disrupted by stressful or traumatic life events, and discuss the implications of this model for research and the practice of secondary prevention with cancer survivors. I come to the topic of cancer survivorship via a general interest in psychological health and adaptation, including how people cope with adversity. This interest led to the recent development of integrative theoretical models of well-being maintenance and recovery.4 Although these models were not aimed specifically at the cancer experience, this chapter will attempt to trace their potential relevance to emotional coping and well-being recovery in the context of cancer survivorship.

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