Impact of Comorbidity on Symptoms and Quality of Life Among Patients Being Treated for Breast Cancer

Background Cancer patients often have other noncancer medical conditions. Presence of comorbidities negatively affects cancer survival. Objective The aim of this study was to investigate comorbidity, risk factors for comorbidity, and how comorbidity was associated with symptoms and quality of life in patients being treated for breast cancer. Methods One hundred and one breast cancer chemotherapy outpatients completed this study. Comorbid conditions, weight, height, and smoking status were identified by chart review. Symptoms and quality of life were self-reported using psychometrically sound instruments. Log-linear regression analyses with age as the covariate examined impact of ethnicity, body mass index (BMI), and smoking on comorbidities. Results Approximately 84% of the participants had 1 or more comorbid conditions. Adjusting for age, number of comorbidities differed by BMI (P = .000); the obese group had significantly more comorbidities than the normal and overweight groups. The interaction between BMI and smoking was significant (P = .047). The obese participants who smoked had significantly more comorbidities compared with those who were obese but did not smoke (P = .001). More comorbid conditions were associated with greater pain (P
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CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that lipodystrophic patients have an increased prevalence of mood, anxiety, pain, and eating disorders. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level III. Evidence obtained from case-control analytic study. PMID: 31144218 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Eating and weight disorders : EWD - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Tags: Eat Weight Disord Source Type: research
Lilly Rocha was 37 years old in 2008 when she began having strange symptoms. When people asked her questions, she knew the answers but couldn’t articulate them. A tingling sensation on her left breast became painful. She thought she might have breast cancer, but her doctor assured her she was just experiencing stress from her demanding job. Her symptoms continued to get worse, and doctors continued to dismiss her. Three months later, at work, she became seriously ill. Luckily, her boss recognized the symptoms—chest and jaw pain and numbness in her left hand—and drove her to the nearest emergency room, whe...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized heart health Source Type: news
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ConclusionsOne-fifth of breast cancer patients who were treated with taxane-based chemotherapy experienced TIPN receiving treatment, and its risk factors were paclitaxel use, old age, overweight, and metastatic cancer.
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
In this study we demonstrate the use of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-based epigenome editing to alter cell response to inflammatory environments by repressing inflammatory cytokine cell receptors, specifically TNFR1 and IL1R1. This has applications for many inflammatory-driven diseases. It could be applied for arthritis or to therapeutic cells that are being delivered to inflammatory environments that need to be protected from inflammation." In chronic back pain, for example, slipped or herniated discs are a result of damaged tissue when inflammation causes cells to create ...
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This study teaches us that poor wound healing and wrinkling and sagging that occur in aging skin share similar mechanisms." Reduced cell cohesiveness of outgrowths from eccrine sweat glands delays wound closure in elderly skin Human skin heals more slowly in aged vs. young adults, but the mechanism for this delay is unclear. In humans, eccrine sweat glands (ESGs) and hair follicles underlying wounds generate cohesive keratinocyte outgrowths that expand to form the new epidermis. Our results confirm that the outgrowth of cells from ESGs is a major feature of repair in young skin. Strikingly, in aged s...
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Authors: Kern P, Zarth F, Kimmig R, Rezai M Abstract Aim: Breast reconstruction has become increasingly important for the body image of women with breast cancer. We conducted a study to investigate how patient characteristics correlate with surgical outcome after breast reconstruction with implant after mastectomy and to identify risk factors which could facilitate patient selection for reconstruction. Patients and Methods: For this case cohort analysis (n = 257 patients with 318 heterologous reconstructions), we analyzed BMI, smoking, pre-existing disease, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, one-stage/two...
Source: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde - Category: OBGYN Tags: Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd Source Type: research
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Kidney Cancer Association - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news
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