Breast Cancer Quality of Life Issues: A Researcher Asks “Are We Getting Better?”

Editor:

Very well-articulated with link to a presentation by Dr. Lesley Fallowfield, Director of Psychosocial Oncology at Brighton & Sussex Medical School.

Originally posted on After Twenty Years:

Woman sitting on mountain top and contemplating the sunset In one of the most interesting presentations at the recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, physicians and other attendees heard from a researcher who has spent thirty years studying issues related to the measurement of quality of life for cancer patients and how it can be improved. Dr. Lesley Fallowfield, Director of Psychosocial Oncology at Brighton & Sussex Medical School, spoke about what has and has not changed in the treatment of psychosocial and survivorship issues in breast cancer.

Possibly the biggest change in this area over the last thirty years is that there is now much more support available to patients, largely through a wide variety of formal and informal support groups and online and other sources of information. Dr. Fallowfield noted, however, that these resources “fill a void in the absence of anything more formal”.

The issues that most affect quality of life for breast cancer patients have changed…

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