Table 3.

Past and current cancer survivorship research by specific focus area

Research focus areaCompleted research,an (%)Ongoing research,an (%)
Psychologic/QOL157 (23.3)25 (13.7)
Exercise/physical activity121 (17.9)25 (13.7)
Psychosocial69 (10.2)17 (9.3)
Coping/adjustment49 (7.3)4 (2.2)
Depression/anxiety47 (7.0)6 (3.3)
Recurrence/secondary cancers/prevention47 (7.0)13 (7.1)
Function (i.e., cognitive, motor)45 (6.7)12 (6.6)
Fatigue/sleep32 (4.7)14 (7.7)
HRQOL32 (4.7)13 (7.1)
Tobacco/alcohol27 (4.0)2 (1.1)
Minority/ethnicity26 (3.9)13 (7.1)
Energy/diet26 (3.9)6 (3.3)
Undefined late effects, comorbidities26 (3.9)12 (6.6)
Age-focused (young, elderly survivors)26 (3.9)21 (11.5)
CBT24 (3.6)2 (1.1)
Obesity, weight, BMI23 (3.4)5 (2.7)
Stress/relaxation20 (3.0)5 (2.7)
Lymphedema17 (2.5)5 (2.7)
Sexual QOL15 (2.2)3 (1.6)
Menopause14 (2.1)2 (1.1)
Immunity14 (2.1)2 (1.1)
Cardiovascular risk12 (1.8)5 (2.7)
Communication12 (1.8)3 (1.6)
Pain9 (1.3)4 (2.2)
Bone density9 (1.3)1 (0.5)
Spirituality/meaning8 (1.2)1 (0.5)
Radiation effects7 (1.0)7 (3.8)
Hot flashes7 (1.0)7 (3.8)
Fertility6 (0.9)9 (4.9)
Work6 (0.9)5 (2.7)
Gender-focused5 (0.7)1 (0.5)
Rural4 (0.6)5 (2.7)
CAM2 (0.3)8 (4.4)
Follow-up care2 (0.3)1 (0.5)
Dental1 (0.1)2 (1.1)

Abbreviations: BMI, body mass index; CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy; HRQOL, health-related quality of life; QOL, quality of life.

  • aBecause each study could be categorized into more than one research focus area, percentage totals do not add up to 100%. The total number of studies (675 for completed research and 183 for ongoing research) was used as the denominator.