This special issue stemmed from a Health, Communication, and Aging Research Symposium on Cancer Communication that examined health communication issues with an emphasis on older adults in cancer communication contexts. The various approaches to understanding cancer communication and aging described herein offer different foci and emphases toward understanding the complex communicative processes surrounding the impact of a cancer diagnosis. The goal is to provide a resource from which researchers and practitioners can draw to achieve better health outcomes via communication. The editors hope that through some of the information derived from this issue, the cancer patient or health care consumer and affected family members may be able to better cope with the new cultural world of life with cancer.
"…a collection of articles that is interesting, in part, because of the diversity of perspectives. On the whole these articles are well written and presented. Overall the reader may find a useful collection of articles, which are intended to provide a resource for those interested in increasing their knowledge or pursuing research in this field."
Volume 15, Number 2, 2003Contents: L. Sparks, An Introduction to Cancer Communication and Aging: Theoretical and Research Insights. J.O. Anderson, P.G. Martin, Narratives and Healing: Exploring One Family's Stories of Cancer Survivorship. J. Harwood, L. Sparks, Social Identity and Health: An Intergroup Communication Approach to Cancer. G.L. Kreps, The Impact of Communication on Cancer Risk, Incidence, Morbidity, Mortality, and Quality of Life. M. Booth-Butterfield, Embedded Health Behaviors From Adolescence to Adulthood: The Impact of Tobacco. J.F. Nussbaum, D. Baringer, A. Kundrat, Health, Communication, and Aging: Cancer and Older Adults. D. O'Hair, M.M. Villagran, E. Wittenberg, K. Brown, M. Ferguson, H.T. Hall, T. Doty, Cancer Survivorship and Agency Model: Implication for Patient Choice, Decision Making, and Influence. J.L. Query, Jr., K. Wright, Assessing Communication Competence in an Online Study: Toward Informing Subsequent Interventions Among Older Adults With Cancer, Their Lay Caregivers, and Peers. S.L. Ragan, E. Wittenberg, H.T. Hall, The Communication of Palliative Care for the Elderly Cancer Patient. J.D. Robinson, J. Turner, Impersonal, Interpersonal, and Hyperpersonal Social Support: Cancer and Older Adults. K.E. Rowan, L. Sparks, L. Pecchioni, M.M. Villagran, The CAUSE Model: A Research-Supported Aid for Physicians Communicating With Patients About Cancer Risk. VIDEO REVIEW: T. Thompson, Editorial Note. D.J. Cegala, "Patient-Centered Communication in Pediatric Practice--Reducing the Power Gap" by Barbara M. Korsch.