Jacobs Journal of Cancer Science and Research

Do Cancer Survivors Live Longer When In A Long-Term-Care Facility? -Possibility of Harmless Cancer In Oldest Old

Published on: 2016-09-24


Methodology adapted An exploratory research carried out in a long-term-care facility. Materials and Method Cancer survivors in a long-term-care facility were analyzed using the Hasegawa Dementia Scale (HDS). The Smile-Sun Method (SSM), procedures for enhancing interpersonal skills and producing affective change, were used in both the dementia and general wards. Simultaneously, a study session of “Laughter therapy” was conducted at the general ward. Results Fifteen out of the 90 patients (16.7%) were cancer survivors, and out of them six had multiple primary cancers. Average ages were 86.3, 87.6±9.0yo with 11.0±10.8 survival years, and 91.6±6.0yo with 15.7±10.1 survival years, respectively. Six survivors with multiple primary cancers had more severe dementia than single cancer survivors(t(20)=6.333, p<0.01). Statistical analysis on age and survival years proved no difference between both wards. Highlighting major findings Cancer survivors including one third of them with multiple primary cancers lived longer in this facility without any complaint symptom. Six cases were not treated but they did not have any major complaint symptom. Conclusion 1. Why do cancer survivors live longer than average life?


Cancer Survivor; Oldest old; Laughter Therapy; Smile-sun method; Dementia; Cancer remission; Harmless Cancer; Long-term-care facility