Accession Number : ADB241560


Title :   Follow-Up Care for Older Women With Breast Cancer


Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Aug 1997-31 Jul 1998


Corporate Author : NEW ENGLAND MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL BOSTON MA


Personal Author(s) : Kaplan, Sherrie H ; Silliman, Rebecca A


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/b241560.pdf


Report Date : Aug 1998


Pagination or Media Count : 110


Abstract : Extending work begun as part of an National Cancer Institute-funded project, we are examining whether variations in care received by older women affect short-term psychosocial and clinical outcomes. Our specific aims are: (1) To describe patterns of adjuvant hormonal and chemotherapy in older women, and factors associated with receipt of these therapies; (2) To characterize and quantify the breast cancer-related care received by older women during the early years following diagnosis; and (3) To determine the effects of ongoing breast cancer care on patients' quality of life. We are conducting a longitudinal observational study of a cohort of 303 women - 55 years of age diagnosed with stage I and II breast cancer between October 1992 and December 1995 at five sites in Boston, Massachusetts. Women are interviewed annually to obtain information about health and personal characteristics. Medical record abstracts are performed annually to gather information about treatments received, tests performed, and disease recurrences. We will identify patient and provider characteristics associated with variations in care received and the effects of these variations on patients' quality of life.


Descriptors :   *AGING(PHYSIOLOGY) , *CLINICAL MEDICINE , *BREAST CANCER , *HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT , HORMONES , QUALITY , PATIENTS , WOMEN , CHEMOTHERAPY , MASSACHUSETTS


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies


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