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Surviving cancer: a comparison of 5-year disease-free breast cancer survivors with healthy women.
Psychooncology. 2005 Apr; 14(4):307-17.P

Abstract

Women with breast cancer are one of the largest groups of cancer survivors. This research examined whether breast cancer has a long-term impact on quality of life (QOL) by comparing 5-year disease-free survivors to age-matched controls and by comparing women who sustained a recurrence to disease-free survivors. Controls were recruited using the neighborhood control methodology. QOL (physical, emotional, social, and spiritual) was assessed during in-person interviews. There were no differences between disease-free survivors (n = 267) and controls (n = 187) on many indicators of QOL. However, survivors reported more difficulties with physical functioning, more physical symptoms, and more faith than did controls (all ps < 0.05). Compared to disease-free survivors, survivors with a recurrence (n = 37) had a worse QOL on most indices, less positive affect, more general fatigue, and more intrusive and avoidant thoughts (all ps < 0.05). There were no differences between the two groups of survivors on indices of marriage, work experiences, or spirituality. These findings suggest that the QOL of long-term survivors who remain disease-free is comparable to that of women their age with the exception of physical functioning. Women who sustain a recurrence suffer an impaired QOL in some, but not all, domains.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. vh2e@andrew.cmu.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Comparative Study
Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15386765

Citation

Helgeson, Vicki S., and Patricia L. Tomich. "Surviving Cancer: a Comparison of 5-year Disease-free Breast Cancer Survivors With Healthy Women." Psycho-oncology, vol. 14, no. 4, 2005, pp. 307-17.
Helgeson VS, Tomich PL. Surviving cancer: a comparison of 5-year disease-free breast cancer survivors with healthy women. Psychooncology. 2005;14(4):307-17.
Helgeson, V. S., & Tomich, P. L. (2005). Surviving cancer: a comparison of 5-year disease-free breast cancer survivors with healthy women. Psycho-oncology, 14(4), 307-17.
Helgeson VS, Tomich PL. Surviving Cancer: a Comparison of 5-year Disease-free Breast Cancer Survivors With Healthy Women. Psychooncology. 2005;14(4):307-17. PubMed PMID: 15386765.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Surviving cancer: a comparison of 5-year disease-free breast cancer survivors with healthy women. AU - Helgeson,Vicki S, AU - Tomich,Patricia L, PY - 2004/9/24/pubmed PY - 2005/8/24/medline PY - 2004/9/24/entrez SP - 307 EP - 17 JF - Psycho-oncology JO - Psychooncology VL - 14 IS - 4 N2 - Women with breast cancer are one of the largest groups of cancer survivors. This research examined whether breast cancer has a long-term impact on quality of life (QOL) by comparing 5-year disease-free survivors to age-matched controls and by comparing women who sustained a recurrence to disease-free survivors. Controls were recruited using the neighborhood control methodology. QOL (physical, emotional, social, and spiritual) was assessed during in-person interviews. There were no differences between disease-free survivors (n = 267) and controls (n = 187) on many indicators of QOL. However, survivors reported more difficulties with physical functioning, more physical symptoms, and more faith than did controls (all ps < 0.05). Compared to disease-free survivors, survivors with a recurrence (n = 37) had a worse QOL on most indices, less positive affect, more general fatigue, and more intrusive and avoidant thoughts (all ps < 0.05). There were no differences between the two groups of survivors on indices of marriage, work experiences, or spirituality. These findings suggest that the QOL of long-term survivors who remain disease-free is comparable to that of women their age with the exception of physical functioning. Women who sustain a recurrence suffer an impaired QOL in some, but not all, domains. SN - 1057-9249 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15386765/Surviving_cancer:_a_comparison_of_5_year_disease_free_breast_cancer_survivors_with_healthy_women_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.848 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -