Loss of partner and breast cancer prognosis - a population-based study, Denmark, 1994-2010

M H Olsen, Pernille Envold Hansen Bidstrup, Klaus Frederiksen, N H Rod, M Grønbæk, Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton, C Johansen

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Background:The extent to which experiencing a stressful life event influences breast cancer prognosis remains unknown, as the findings of the few previous epidemiological studies are inconsistent. This large population-based study examines the association between a common major life event, loss of a partner and breast cancer recurrence and all-cause mortality.Methods:N=21 213 women diagnosed with a first primary breast cancer 1994-2006, who had a cohabiting partner in the 4 years before their breast cancer diagnosis, were followed for death and recurrence in population-based registers and clinical databases. Information on education, disposable income, comorbidity and prognostic risk factors were included in Cox regression analyses.Results:Women who had lost a partner either before diagnosis or in subsequent years were not at significantly higher risk of recurrence or dying than women who had not lost a partner.Conclusion:Our results do not support the concern that experiencing a stressful life event, the loss of a partner, negatively affects prognosis of breast cancer.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1560-3
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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