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Br J Cancer. 2012 Apr 24;106(9):1560-3. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2012.96. Epub 2012 Mar 20.

Loss of partner and breast cancer prognosis - a population-based study, Denmark, 1994-2010.

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Survivorship, Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. majols@cancer.dk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The extent to which experiencing a stressful life event influences breast cancer prognosis remains unknown, as the findings of the few previous epidemiological studies are inconsistent. This large population-based study examines the association between a common major life event, loss of a partner and breast cancer recurrence and all-cause mortality.

METHODS:

N=21,213 women diagnosed with a first primary breast cancer 1994-2006, who had a cohabiting partner in the 4 years before their breast cancer diagnosis, were followed for death and recurrence in population-based registers and clinical databases. Information on education, disposable income, comorbidity and prognostic risk factors were included in Cox regression analyses.

RESULTS:

Women who had lost a partner either before diagnosis or in subsequent years were not at significantly higher risk of recurrence or dying than women who had not lost a partner.

CONCLUSION:

Our results do not support the concern that experiencing a stressful life event, the loss of a partner, negatively affects prognosis of breast cancer.

PMID:
22433966
PMCID:
PMC3341857
DOI:
10.1038/bjc.2012.96
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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