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Unwanted breast cancer support not helpful

Posted - Jul. 14, 2004 at 5:20 p.m.



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PORTLAND, Ore., Jul 14, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Women with breast cancer who receive unwanted support may have more trouble adjusting to the disease than those without any support, U.S. researchers said.

Researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Oregon Health & Science University in Portland surveyed 79 women with breast cancer and found the level of adjustment depended on how well the support patients received matched what they wanted.

The women agreed consistently about whether they did or did not want 17 of 40 items of support on the survey, researchers said.

On average, each woman received about 88 percent of the support she wanted but also about 8 percent of support they did not want, researchers said.

Women generally welcomed it when others asked if they wanted to go out, tried to help take their mind off cancer and tried to understand their situation. Some breast cancer patients, however, did not welcome unwanted explanations about the cancer or emotional over-involvement, researchers said.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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