Poster Topical Area: Nutritional Epidemiology
Location: Hall D
Poster Board Number: 761
Objective: To determine the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among breast cancer survivors.
Methods: A case-control design was used. Cases were female breast cancer survivors and controls were females without breast cancer. Face-to-face interviews were conducted using a standardized questionnaire consisting of the 12-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-12), Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast (FACT-B), physical activity and socio-demographic items. The FACT-B consists of the FACT-General (FACT-G) plus the Breast Cancer Subscale (BCS), which complements the general scale with items specific to QL in breast cancer. SF12 and FACT-B items were used to compute associated subscales and summary scores. Increased risk for poorer HRQOL in subscales and summary scores was defined as a score of
Results: Seven Hundred and Thirty-four (cases = 120; controls = 614) participated in the study. Cases were significantly older and heavier than controls. They were significantly more likely than controls to be overweight and obese (63.3 vs. 49.3%; p= 0.008). Breast cancer survivors had significantly lower SF- 12 summary and subscale scores than participants without breast cancer. Cases were more likely than controls to have general health (GH) (20.0 vs. 2.5%; p< 0.001), bodily pain (BP) (20.0 vs. 10.7%; p= 0.01), and physical functioning (PF) (61.7 vs. 28.3%; p< 0.001) scores
Conclusion: Breast cancer survivors were at increased risk for poorer HRQOL than their non-cancer counterparts.
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
El Dorado., Tunapuna-Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago