Susan Krigel Discusses Factors Associated with Patient's Fear of Recurrence

September 9, 2015
Susan Krigel, PhD
Susan Krigel, PhD

Susan Krigel, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Midwest Cancer Alliance. Her cancer-related career has spanned 10 years, and began when she worked as a Cancer Information Specialist for the National Cancer Institute. In her role at the Midwest Cancer Alliance, she utilizes her clinical and research skills to create and conduct programs with cancer patients across Kansas and western Missouri, focusing on improving the quality of life during survivorship. Programs are delivered both in person and via telemedicine. She also participates in professional development programs for healthcare providers.

Susan Krigel, PhD, psychologist at Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach arm of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, discusses factors that are closely associated with fear of recurrence among patients with cancer.

Susan Krigel, PhD, psychologist at Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach arm of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, discusses factors that are closely associated with fear of recurrence among patients with cancer.

Research shows that psychological and sociodemographic factors including anxiety, depression, poor coping skills, identifying oneself as a cancer patient, being young, or having young children are linked to higher levels of fear of recurrence.