Survival and limitations
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
A study indicates that being able to do normal activities of daily living after breast cancer treatment is a good sign for a longer life.
Epidemiologist Dejana Braithwaite of the University of California, San Francisco examined data on more than 2,200 women for up to 11 years. She checked things like the ability to walk two or three city blocks.
Braithwaite says the differences didn’t affect the likelihood of dying of breast cancer:
``Survivors who reported low physical function after their initial breast cancer treatment have the same risk of dying from breast cancer as those with high physical function, but are more likely to die from other diseases.’’ (12 seconds)
The study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011