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Unemployment common after breast cancer treatment

Unemployment common after breast cancer treatment | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it

"Nearly one-third of breast cancer survivors who were working when they began treatment were unemployed four years later. Women who received chemotherapy were most affected, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

Researchers surveyed woman in Detroit and Los Angeles who had been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. They narrowed their sample to the 746 women who reported working at the time they were diagnosed. Participants were surveyed about nine months after diagnosis, and then given a follow-up survey about four years later.

Overall, 30 percent of these working women said they were no longer working at the time of the four-year follow-up survey. Women who received chemotherapy were more likely to report that they were not working four years later."


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Susan Zager's curator insight, April 28, 10:07 AM

This study brings out important issues with employment and breast cancer treatment. According to the article: ""Many doctors believe that even though patients may miss work during treatment, they will 'bounce back' in the longer term. The results of this study suggest otherwise. Loss of employment is a possible long-term negative consequence of chemotherapy that may not have been fully appreciated to date." 

To see the study go to: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.28607/abstract;jsessionid=680D92ABD7CE7FF34BE36928F558508F.f04t02


Tambre Leighn's curator insight, April 29, 9:26 AM

Cancer and Careers is a great resource for survivors, not just of breast cancer, but any cancer who may need some support and ideas on how to get back to work, employee rights, etc.  

 

There is an annual conference coming up June 4th in NYC - for information on Cancer & Careers, go to...

 

http://www.cancerandcareers.org/

 

 

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On Cancer: Researchers Find Clues to How Breast Cancer Can Infiltrate the Brain

On Cancer: Researchers Find Clues to How Breast Cancer Can Infiltrate the Brain | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
A new study sheds light on what enables breast cancer cells to spread to the brain and presents a potential target for drugs.
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Cancer survivors speak out - The Hindu

Cancer survivors speak out - The Hindu | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
The Hindu
Cancer survivors speak out
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The year 1979 is marked forever in the memories of 75-year-old Vijayalakshmi. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at a time when awareness of the disease was poor.
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We need to increase awareness of breast cancer in the South Asian community as breast cancer is on the increase. 

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One-shot cancer therapy gets NHS nod

One-shot cancer therapy gets NHS nod | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
A pioneering breast cancer treatment that replaces weeks of radiotherapy with a single, targeted shot is set to be offered on the NHS.
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a single shot of radiotherapy could be a good choice for many women with breast cancer.

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Physiotherapy works: cancer survivorship | The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

RT @CSPLondon: Physiotherapy works: cancer survivorship | The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy http://t.co/p6ww4yGgB1 via @thecsp #physio…
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evidence to support rehab after breast cancer, from Barts hospital 

 

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Events - ESO

Events - ESO | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
All events organized by ESO.
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A Tattoo That Completes a New Breast

A Tattoo That Completes a New Breast | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Tattoo artist Vinnie Myers has developed a unique specialty in nipple tattoos for women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer.
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Tattoo artists are body image specialists. 

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Parental cancer: Health-related quality of life and current psychosocial support needs of cancer survivors and their children

Parental cancer: Health-related quality of life and current psychosocial support needs of cancer survivors and their children | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it

The presence of cancer and additional parental responsibilities can increase strain for individual patients as well as for their children. The construct of health-related quality of life (HRQL) is appropriate to measure a combination of physical, mental and social consequences as a result of disease. However, previous research has merely focused on symptom checklists. This study addresses the following questions: (i) does HRQL in children and their parents with cancer differ compared to the general population? (ii) Are there any variables that are associated with HRQL in children? (iii) What are current psychosocial support needs? A population-based survey of 976 survivors (<6 years post diagnosis) with minor children between 6 and 18 years (n = 1,449) was conducted with two German cancer registries. HRQL was assessed using SF-8 (survivors) and Kidscreen (children). The results were compared to normative populations, and predictors associated with HRQL in children were evaluated within a multilevel model. We found that the HRQL in children was better compared to the norm. Only children with support needs had worse HRQL. Older age, having a mother with cancer, having a parent not living together with a partner, and worse parental physical and mental health influenced HRQL in children. Illness characteristics were irrelevant. Even with a mean of 3.5 years after diagnosis, survivors had lower physical and mental health compared to the norm. Our findings reinforce the need for health professionals to pay attention to younger patients and their children. Even years after diagnosis, life might not have returned to normal.


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Should we pay more attention to the impact of cancer on the families and children?

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Slogans sexualize breast cancer, marginalize survivors' pain: Mariah Wilson

Slogans sexualize breast cancer, marginalize survivors' pain: Mariah Wilson | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Not only have recent efforts to help sexualized breast cancer, they have also alienated survivors and the families they claim to support, writes Mariah Wilson
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An interesting personal perspective on the language used in breast cancer fund raising campaigns

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Most breast cancer patients who have double mastectomy don't need it

Most breast cancer patients who have double mastectomy don't need it | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Many women with breast cancer who choose to have both breasts removed do so despite having the same risk of developing a new cancer in the healthy breast as most other women, according to a new study (When women get breast cancer, our Medical Industry...
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There must be a way to help women cope with the fear of cancer better than them having surgery that they don't need.

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What Are The Issues Facing Younger Women With Breast Cancer?

What Are The Issues Facing Younger Women With Breast Cancer? | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Being diagnosed with breast cancer at any age is an overwhelming and frightening experience, but being diagnosed with breast cancer when you are a younger woman brings its own unique challenges. Fa...
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Debate on Marie's page on issues for young women
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CCNS - Patient Feedback on Draft Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Plan - Survivornet.ca

Patient Feedback on Draft Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Plan

Establishing evidence based survivorship care plans as a standard of care for all Nova Scotia cancer patients is a priority for Cancer Care Nova Scotia (CCNS).
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We should all gather patients viewas this way!

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STUDY: 25 percent of breast cancer patients experience financial decline ... - WXYZ

STUDY: 25 percent of breast cancer patients experience financial decline ... - WXYZ | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
“WXYZ STUDY: 25 percent of breast cancer patients experience financial decline ... WXYZ ANN ARBOR, Mich.”
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Hopefully financial concerns are not so much of an issue here in the UK, but we shouldn't be complacent about this and should repeat this study in other countries as this is potentially a major problem for women.
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Genetics of Breast and Ovarian Cancer (PDQ®) - National Cancer Institute

Genetics of Breast and Ovarian Cancer (PDQ®) - National Cancer Institute | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
“Expert-reviewed information summary about the genetics of breast and ovarian cancer, including information about specific genes and family cancer syndromes.”
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All the NCIN pages are worth a read.
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Gardening may improve diet, physical health of cancer survivors - Dothan Eagle

Gardening may improve diet, physical health of cancer survivors - Dothan Eagle | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Gardening may improve diet, physical health of cancer survivors Dothan Eagle The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is seeking local cancer survivors to participate in a study that pairs survivors with master gardeners to gauge if gardening helps...
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Good to see different kinds of exercise being investigated for benefit after cancer.

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Reducing the risk of having a second cancer | Living longer

Reducing the risk of having a second cancer | Living longer | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Lesley Smith, Consequences of Treatment Programme Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support writes about subsequent cancer diagnoses for cancer patients.


Improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer mean that more people are living longer after a...
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Many people don't realise that a long term conseuqnce of having had cancer is an increased risk of a second new cancer.

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Weight loss and breast cancer survivorship: Positive Results

Weight loss and breast cancer survivorship: Positive Results | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
This post describes the results of two studies on weight loss and exercise. They show the benefits of weight loss and exercise for breast cancer survivors.
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It's been known a while that being overweight is associated with worse prognosis after breast cancer, so this study is welcome 

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Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer

Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
making sense of the breast cancer experience together
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10 Stunning Portraits That Will Totally Change The Way You Look At Breast Cancer Survivors

10 Stunning Portraits That Will Totally Change The Way You Look At Breast Cancer Survivors | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
The Grace Project captures moving post-mastectomy portraits of breast cancer survivors re-envisioned as classical heroines. NSFW: The photos in this series include nudity.
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Association between body image dissati... [J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

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What young women want YWI+Needs+Assessment+Poster+Final.pdf

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Survey of the needs of young American women with breast cancer. Click the link to see the poster. 

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Why More Women Are Getting Double Mastectomies

Why More Women Are Getting Double Mastectomies | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Medically speaking, it might not make sense. But psychologically, it does.
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Quilting prevents seroma formation following ... [Ann Surg Oncol. 2014] - PubMed - NCBI

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Labor Participation after Cancer

Labor Participation after Cancer | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
“the informed scientist - breaking new congress lectures on your desktop (Cancer survivors deserve a #life after cancer. With real #jobs.”
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A stunning talk on the difficulties of staying in the workplace after cancer. Well worth a listen
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Unemployment common after breast cancer treatment

Unemployment common after breast cancer treatment | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it

"Nearly one-third of breast cancer survivors who were working when they began treatment were unemployed four years later. Women who received chemotherapy were most affected, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

Researchers surveyed woman in Detroit and Los Angeles who had been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. They narrowed their sample to the 746 women who reported working at the time they were diagnosed. Participants were surveyed about nine months after diagnosis, and then given a follow-up survey about four years later.

Overall, 30 percent of these working women said they were no longer working at the time of the four-year follow-up survey. Women who received chemotherapy were more likely to report that they were not working four years later."


Via Susan Zager
Deborah Fenlon's insight:

Time for the long term economic impact of breast cancer treatment to be taken seriously

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Susan Zager's curator insight, April 28, 10:07 AM

This study brings out important issues with employment and breast cancer treatment. According to the article: ""Many doctors believe that even though patients may miss work during treatment, they will 'bounce back' in the longer term. The results of this study suggest otherwise. Loss of employment is a possible long-term negative consequence of chemotherapy that may not have been fully appreciated to date." 

To see the study go to: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.28607/abstract;jsessionid=680D92ABD7CE7FF34BE36928F558508F.f04t02


Tambre Leighn's curator insight, April 29, 9:26 AM

Cancer and Careers is a great resource for survivors, not just of breast cancer, but any cancer who may need some support and ideas on how to get back to work, employee rights, etc.  

 

There is an annual conference coming up June 4th in NYC - for information on Cancer & Careers, go to...

 

http://www.cancerandcareers.org/

 

 

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