Navigation Links
Functional disability high among newly diagnosed older breast cancer patients
Date:9/22/2013

Many older women with newly diagnosed breast cancer have difficulty accomplishing daily tasks, and African-Americans seem to be disproportionately affected. Those are the findings of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study's results suggest that many breast cancer patients could benefit from receiving therapy to improve their physical function.

Many studies conducted in older adults have demonstrated that, compared with Caucasians, African-Americans are more likely to experience functional disability, or the need for assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding, shopping, preparing meals, using the telephone, housekeeping, and managing medications and finances. However, none of these studies have been conducted in older cancer patients or in cancer survivors.

Cynthia Owusu, MD, MS, of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, and her colleagues looked to see if there are racial differences in functional disability among older women with newly diagnosed breast cancer. The researchers enrolled 190 women aged 65 years or older at the time of diagnosis, and they found that 39 percent of them experienced functional disability. African-American women were four times as likely to have functional disability compared with Non-Hispanic White women. This racial difference in functional status disappeared when the researchers took into account African-American participants' lower household income and educational status and their higher prevalence of chronic medical conditions.

"These findings have implications for cancer treatment decision-making since optimum functional status is a key factor considered in treatment selection. At-risk groups for functional disability, such as older African-Americans, may be less likely to tolerate standard treatment and therefore interventions ought to be developed to improve their physical function," said Dr. Owusu. "Moreover, such individuals may be more likely to experience persistent functional decline after treatment, further worsening their survival outcomes," she added.


'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Molnar
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
Wiley
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Global Specialty Chemicals Market (Product Type, Functional Type, Key Applications, Raw Materials) Worth $ 610.14 Billion by 2016 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets
2. Advanced Functional Materials Market (Nanomaterials, Conductive Polymers) for Low Carbon Applications Worth 10,322.0 Kilotons by 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets
3. Food Texture Market (Functionalities, Applications and Geography) Worth $11.8 Billion by 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets
4. Advanced Functional Material Market to Reach $ 1, 13,881.9 Million by 2018 at a 6.6% CAGR - New Report by MarketsandMarkets
5. Rehab Management Solutions Offers 2-Day Educational Training to Physical & Occupational Therapists on Functional Testing
6. Asia-Pacific Leads Advanced Functional Material Market Forecasts 2018 Research Report at ReportsnReports.com
7. Essential Source Unveils Functional Packaging for Liquid Multivitamins
8. Rehab Management Solutions Educates Therapists on How to Become Industrial Specialists; Offers 2-Day Course on Functional Testing
9. Brain structural deficits may contribute to increased functional connections
10. Probiotics Market Has Been One of the Prime Beneficiaries of the Recent Fad over Functional Foods Says New Market Research Report by MarketsandMarkets
11. Safe Weight Loss
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... “THE FLINTHILLS FAMILY-Our Journey to the Cross”: the personal journey of ... Cross” is the creation of published authors, Bob and Margaret Massey. Bob Massey is ... is "panther quick and leather tough." His love for others is apparent in all ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... “Cactus Jack: Against All Odds”: the ... others. “Cactus Jack: Against All Odds” is the creation of published author, Walter ... is married to Jack Carlisle’s third child Jane. Walter. Walter and Jane have ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... In modern research, success ... appropriate instruments for research and understanding the basic principles that were designed to ... on innovations in stereo microscopy for brightfield and fluorescence typically used in laboratories ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... , ... May 24, 2017 , ... ... medical image management and interpretation, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... is a web-based, scalable and secure cloud platform for medical image management. At ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2017 , ... Patients who ... Cortland, OH, can now meet with Dr. Joseph Bedich for a consultation, with or ... simultaneously improving their oral health and functionality. , Dr. Bedich offers a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2017)... 23, 2017  Leaf Healthcare, recognized for developing ... for pressure ulcer prevention, will unveil its comprehensive ... Critical Care Nurses, National Teaching Institute and Critical ... The Leaf Patient Monitoring System is the first ... environment.  The system seamlessly tracks patient movement throughout ...
(Date:5/15/2017)... 2017  Amy Baxter MD, chief executive officer and ... pain relief, was awarded a 2017 Top 40 Healthcare ... recognized at the MM&M Top 40 Healthcare Transformers dinner ... on May 10, 2017. The dinner followed a ... "beyond the pill."  "Innovation goes beyond invention," ...
(Date:5/10/2017)... 10, 2017 Global Health Intelligence (GHI), ... America , published its 2017 ranking of the ... on extensive data analysis from GHI,s hospitals database for ... for the region. The GHI database covers 86% of the ... than 130 data points for each institution in key areas ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: