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Impact of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment on work-related life and factors affecting them

Authors
 Eunmi Ahn  ;  Juhee Cho  ;  Dong Wook Shin  ;  Byeong Woo Park  ;  Sei Hyun Ahn  ;  Dong-Young Noh  ;  Seok Jin Nam  ;  Eun Sook Lee  ;  Young Ho Yun 
Citation
 BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AND TREATMENT, Vol.116(3) : 609-616, 2009 
Journal Title
 BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AND TREATMENT 
ISSN
 0167-6806 
Issue Date
2009
MeSH
Adult ; Breast Neoplasms/diagnosis* ; Breast Neoplasms/psychology ; Breast Neoplasms/therapy* ; Educational Status ; Employment ; Female ; Humans ; Middle Aged ; Survivors ; Workplace/psychology* ; Young Adult
Keywords
Breast cancer survivors ; Return to work ; Work-related difficulties
Abstract
We investigated the impacts of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment on employment status and the ability to perform occupational and housekeeping tasks. We performed a cross-sectional study to compare Korean breast cancer survivors (n = 1,594) who had been working before cancer diagnosis with a group of 20 to 60-year-old women from the general Korean population (n = 415). Employment decreased from 47.6% to 33.2% after cancer treatment. It was significantly smaller relative to the general population (52.1%) [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) = 1.68; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.35-2.11). There was an inverse association between employment and low levels of education, low household income, multiple comorbidities, disease stage, and mastectomy. In addition, women who lived with a spouse were more likely to quit working after treatment compared to women who had no spouse. Fatigue and exhaustion were the most frequent difficulties encountered during occupational work (by 46.8% of cancer survivors) and housework (64.6%). Our findings suggest that breast cancer has a greater impact on employment among Korean women than among women in previously studied Western populations. Our data suggest that socio-cultural factors, as well as certain clinical characteristics, influence the decisions of Korean women to return or to not return to work after surviving breast cancer.
Full Text
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10549-008-0209-9
DOI
10.1007/s10549-008-0209-9
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Surgery (외과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Park, Byeong Woo(박병우) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1353-2607
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/105255
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