Young breast cancer survivors suffer more long-term after effects

Hamburg, Germany: Younger women who survive breast cancer have particular problems in coping with the physical and psychological after effects, even ten years later, a scientist said today. Speaking at the 4th European Breast Cancer Conference, Dr. Lonneke van de Poll-Franse, from the Comprehensive Cancer Centre South in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, said that there was a growing need for special programmes to be tailored to the needs of long-term cancer survivors.

Dr. van de Poll-Franse studied questionnaire responses received from 183 patients who had been diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago. She found that 65% of the women were still receiving specialist care and that 52% had specific complaints, the majority with arm problems (35%) and fatigue (10%). Age at diagnosis made a significant difference, with women who were over 50 when they were diagnosed reporting far fewer problems than those who were younger 44% as opposed to 71% among the younger women. This difference was independent of factors such as the amount of chemotherapy given to each patient.

"Looking at fatigue, for example", said van de Dr. van de Poll-Franse, "only 4% of women who were 50 and over when diagnosed were still reporting it 10 years later, whereas among younger women 22% were still having problems with unusual tiredness. We don't know for certain why this is, but think it is most likely to be related to the fact that women over 50 are nearer the end of their working lives, with more time to spend on themselves and on maintaining their family relationships. They are also less likely to have continuing childcare responsibilities."

The women studied said that they were happy to be followed by specialists, but with breast cancer survival on the increase and a continuing shortage of oncologists in many countries, this might lead to a situation where certain new patients will be neglected at the expense of long-term survivors.

"This specific grou

Contact: Mary Rice
Federation of European Cancer Societies

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. 2005 Young Investigator Award
2. Study: Young adults can be motivated to eat fruits, veggies
3. Young blood revives aging muscles, Stanford researchers find
4. Young people face increasing risk of suicide in Scotland
5. Younger children in the child welfare system could benefit from specialty mental health services
6. Younger men lead surge in Viagra use, study reveals
7. 2004 Young Investigator Award to Fleming
8. Young people prone to type 2 diabetes exhibit alterations in mitochondrial activity
9. Young men with conduct disorders are more likely to carry guns
10. Young adult fitness protects heart health in middle age
11. Young breast cancer patients who chose lumpectomies need indefinite follow-up

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/31/2020)... ... , ... Just found out your dear friend has cancer? , It’s hard to hear your ... shares their diagnosis. Once the shock wears off, the questions and fears can be overwhelming. ... best ways to help? Words are failing me. I’m scared. I want to DO something. ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Colorado State University Global (CSU ... affordable online education – is proud to announce its new master’s degree in ... its kind in the nation, the 60-credit hour program is designed to provide ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... In an effort to give back to ... 10 percent of each hotel room booked with a special new rate code to ... Indiana (RMHC-CNI) , effective immediately. Donations will be applied to any room type, ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... 28, 2020 , ... Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) ... Of The Year® 2020 Florida Award finalist. Now in its 34th year, the ... growth and prosperity as they build and sustain successful businesses that transform our ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 28, 2020 , ... Integrated ... Miami is the first Florida school to deploy its breakthrough Mobile Biodefense Indoor Air ... airborne COVID-19. True North Classical Academy plans to fully reopen equipped with the filtration ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... September 01, 2020 , ... While coronavirus cases continue to increase across ... and community organizations remain closed. Because about 80% of blood donations are made at ... blood donors and blood drive hosts to ensure blood products are readily available for ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2020 , ... If you live in New York City ... real estate part makes sense, it’s the law of supply and demand, but are plastic ... has a significant percentage of their patients that make the four-hour trip to have ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 28, 2020 , ... Dr. ... reproductive and endoscopic surgeon and serves as a clinical professor in the Department of ... of the American Laparoscopy Society & Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and is a Clinical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: