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Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2003 Sep 17;1:45.

Outcomes and quality of life following breast cancer treatment in older women: when, why, how much, and what do women want?

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Department of Oncology and Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. mandelbj@georgetown.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There are few comprehensive reviews of breast cancer outcomes in older women. We synthesize data to describe key findings and gaps in knowledge about the outcomes of breast cancer in this population.

METHODS:

We reviewed research published between 1995 and June 2003 on breast cancer quality of life and outcomes among women aged 65 and older treated for breast cancer. Outcomes included communication, satisfaction, and multiple quality of life domains.

RESULTS:

Few randomized trials or cohort studies that measured quality of life after treatment focused exclusively on older women. Studies from older women generally noted that, with the exception of axillary dissection, type of surgical treatment generally had no effect on long-term outcomes. In contrast, the processes of care, such as choosing therapy, good patient-physician communication, receiving treatment concordant with preferences about body image, and low perceptions of bias, were associated with better quality of life and satisfaction.

CONCLUSIONS:

With the exception of axillary dissection, the processes of care, and not the therapy itself, seem to be the most important determinants of long-term quality of life in older women.

PMID:
14570595
PMCID:
PMC222918
DOI:
10.1186/1477-7525-1-45
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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