Quality of life compromised in younger breast cancer patients
Jan 23, 2012
A new study published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute discovered that younger patients who are being treated for breast cancer have added stress and lower quality of life compared with those who are diagnosed at an older age.
"A younger breast cancer patient may have young children and may be worried about living to raise them to adulthood," said lead author Dr. Patricia Ganz, director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. "A younger breast cancer patient may not have had children yet and may be faced with infertility following her treatment or may return to the dating scene following treatment. We need to find ways to reduce the stress and anxiety that dealing with these issues may create."
The researchers are now working on a program that will greatly benefit women who are diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.