Navigation Links
Strong social ties benefit breast cancer patients
Date:1/20/2011

Breast cancer patients who have a strong social support system in the first year after diagnosis are less likely to die or have a recurrence of cancer, according to new research from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) and the Shanghai Institute of Preventive Medicine. The study, led by first author Meira Epplein, Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine at VICC, was published in a recent edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Patients in the study were enrolled in the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survivor Study, a large, population-based review of female breast cancer survivors in China, which Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Shanghai Institute of Preventive Medicine have carried out since 2002 under the leadership of principal investigator Xiao Ou Shu, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Medicine at VICC, and senior author of the study.

From 2002 to 2004, a total of 2,230 breast cancer survivors completed a quality of life survey six months after diagnosis and a majority responded to a follow-up survey 36 months after diagnosis. The women were asked about physical issues like sleep, eating and pain, psychological well-being, social support and material well-being. The answers were converted to an overall quality of life score.

During a median follow-up of 4.8 years after the initial quality of life assessment, the investigators documented participants who had died or been diagnosed with a cancer recurrence.

Six months after diagnosis, only greater social well-being was significantly associated with a decreased risk of dying or having a cancer recurrence. Compared to women with the lowest scores, women who scored highest on the social well-being quality of life scale had a 48 percent reduction in their risk of a cancer recurrence and a 38 percent reduction in the risk of death.

Emotional support was the strongest predictor of cancer recurrence. Specifically, women reporting the highest satisfaction with marriage and family had a 43 percent risk reduction, while those with strong social support had a 40 percent risk reduction and those with favorable interpersonal relationships had a 35 percent risk reduction.

"We found that social well-being in the first year after cancer diagnosis is an important prognostic factor for breast cancer recurrence or death," said Epplein. "This suggests that the opportunity exists for the design of treatment interventions to maintain or enhance social support soon after diagnosis to improve disease outcomes."

While a strong social support network influenced cancer recurrence and mortality during the first year, the association tapered off and was no longer statistically significant by the third year after diagnosis. This may be related to a smaller sample size of patients who answered the questionnaire, or other factors beyond quality of life that take precedence in later years.

"Our research supports previous studies that found a benefit for breast cancer patients who have a meaningful emotional support network," said Epplein. "These results suggest that therapeutic interventions may be useful because social well-being is potentially modifiable."


'/>"/>

Contact: Dagny Stuart
Dagny.stuart@vanderbilt.edu
615-936-7245
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Transitions Championship Announces Strongest Field to Date and a Vision Like No Other on the PGA TOUR(R)
2. Express Scripts Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Earnings
3. Rhapsody Integration Engine Sees Strong Customer Adoption
4. GateWay Community College Receives Strong Endorsement for Re-accreditation
5. Promotional Stress Ball Supplier -- StressBallsUK.com Starts 2010 Strongest Ever
6. HealthcareSource Announces New Client Wins: Strong Sales Momentum Driven by Regional and Large Health Systems
7. SXC Health solutions announces Strong fourth quarter and year end financial results
8. Plaque on CT scan is strong predictor of heart disease, worse long-term outcomes
9. Family history is strong predictor of obstructive coronary artery disease using CCTA
10. Long Term Care Insurance Leader Seeks 320 New Agents in 2010, Following Strong 2009 Growth
11. Study shows strong interest in palliative care programs, services and integration vary across nation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 04, 2016 , ... Are You Concerned About Mold In Your Home ... Indoor Air Quality Companies in VA, MD and DC, recently completed its application for ... new mold law in the district of Columbia is a good thing stated John ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... On ... at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego honoring the 2016 MPN Heroes—eight individuals who ... neoplasms (MPNs) by going above and beyond the standard of care, demonstrating leadership within ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Portland, Maine (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... support group for caregivers of those affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other ... and Easter Seals Maine, will give parents and other caregivers the opportunity to share ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... Hills, California, will be included in the 2016 “Guide to America’s Top Plastic ... based on the amalgamation of their education, experience, and professional associations. , ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... Universal Medical Systems, Inc. (UMS) the ... company to offer robotic imaging to veterinary medicine is sponsoring the appearance of ... the American Association of Equine Practitioners 62nd Annual Convention from December 4-6, 2016 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2, 2016  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... 2017 and provide updated financial guidance for 2016 on ... conference call on that day with the investment community ... The conference call will begin at 10 ... access a live webcast of the conference call through ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2, 2016 CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: ... in New York City on Thursday, December 15, 2016, beginning at 8:00 a.m. ... will provide an in-depth review of the company,s strategies ... company will also discuss 2017 earnings guidance during the ... the event will be broadcast simultaneously on the Investor ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , Dec. 2, 2016 Lianluo Smart ... or "the Company") which develops, markets and sells ... China and international markets, ... Diagnosis and Treatment New Progress Forum, co-hosted by ... Guangdong Province , Guangdong Provincial People,s Hospital ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: