Follow-Up Care for Older Women With Breast Cancer
Final rept. 1 Aug 1994-30 Apr 2000
NEW ENGLAND MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL BOSTON MA
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Extending work begun as part of a National Cancer Institute-funded project, we sought to determine whether variations in care received by older women affected short-term psychosocial and clinical outcomes. Our specific aims were 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 womens quality of life. We conducted a longitudinal observational study 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 were interviewed annually to obtain information about health and personal characteristics. Medical records were reviewed annually to gather information about treatments received, tests performed, and disease recurrences. We identified patient and provider characteristics associated with variations in care received and the effects of these variations on womens quality of life.
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