Health and well-being in older married female cancer survivors.

TitleHealth and well-being in older married female cancer survivors.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsTownsend, AL, Ishler, KJ, Bowman, KF, Rose, JHannum, Peak, NJuszczak
JournalJ Am Geriatr Soc
Volume57 Suppl 2
IssueSuppl 2
Date Published2009 Nov
ISSN Number1532-5415
Call Numbernewpubs20100129_Townsend.pdf
KeywordsAge Factors, Case-Control Studies, Depressive Disorder, Female, Health Status, Health Status Indicators, Health Surveys, Humans, Marriage, Middle Aged, Neoplasms, Predictive Value of Tests, Risk Factors, Survivors, United States

OBJECTIVES: To investigate differences between older married female cancer survivors and a matched comparison sample on physical health and on effects of health on depressive symptomatology.

DESIGN AND SETTING: National survey data from the 1992 Health and Retirement Study.

PARTICIPANTS: Married women who reported having been diagnosed with cancer (N=245) and married women who did not report a cancer diagnosis but who matched the survivors on age, race, and ethnicity (N=245).

MEASUREMENTS: Outcome measure was depressive symptomatology (modified CES-D). Predictors were multiple indicators of health and demographic characteristics.

RESULTS: Cancer survivors reported significantly worse health on all indicators but not higher depressive symptomatology after health and demographics were controlled. Predictors of higher depression were fatigue, pain, and lower education. These effects did not differ between groups.

CONCLUSION: Health impairment in cancer survivors highlights the need for ongoing follow-up care. Survivorship was associated indirectly with higher depressive symptomatology through its relationship with health impairment.

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CANCER/Women/Depressive Symptoms/Marriage

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Alternate JournalJ Am Geriatr Soc
Citation Key7393
PubMed ID20122019
PubMed Central IDPMC3372320
Grant ListP20 CA103736 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States