Quality of Life and Functional Status Across the Life Course. Project 2: Investigating Mechanisms to Explain Age Associated Differences in Quality of Life Among Breast Cancer Patients
Annual rept. 1 Oct 2001-30 Sep 2002
WAKE FOREST UNIV WINSTON-SALEM NC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
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The primary purpose of this study is to examine mechanisms that may explain age differences in the health-related quality of life of women who have been diagnosed with a first-time breast cancer. The study will examine psychosocial factors such as social support, coping strategies, resiliency, and the impact of cancer on life responsibilities as explanations of age-associated factors affecting HRQL. This project is an observational, longitudinal study of women aged 18 and over who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer. In order to examine both the short- and longer-term impact of breast cancer on HRQL, the study will survey women post diagnosis and follow them at 3, 6, 12, and 18 months. A secondary purpose of the proposed study is to have this large cohort of breast cancer patients serve as a comparison group for the other studies in the Behavioral Center of Excellence Patients for the proposed study will be recruited from two clinical centers Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center MSK and University of Texas - Southwestern University UT-SW.
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