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Friday, 10 May 2013 09:30

'Friends and fun' reduce the PHYSICAL pain of breast cancer

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pink ribbonThe study found that women with a number of good friends experienced less pain - both physical and emotional - when undergoing treatment for Breast cancer

Breast cancer patients who enjoy an active social life are better able to deal with the pain and other physical symptoms of breast cancer reports daily mail.

‘Social support matters in terms of physical outcomes. This study provides research-based evidence that social support helps with physical symptoms,’ said lead author Candyce Kroenke, staff scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research.

The study is among the first to examine exactly how social relationships influence quality of life in breast cancer patients.

It also found that help with household tasks and errands was most useful to those with the symptoms of late-stage cancer.

‘While hundreds of studies have examined the role of factors influencing cancer risk and prevention, this study is one of a small but growing number that focus quality of life after a breast cancer diagnosis,’ Kroenke said.

In study involving  3,139 female who are members of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, researchers found that  Higher levels of social support were also related to better emotional quality of life.

In particular,  having fun with friends was seen as the most important predictor of physical quality of life.

Those who had little or no fun with friends were three times more likely to report a low quality of life and greater physical symptoms.

‘Positive social interaction was significantly related to every quality-of-life measure,’ Kroenke and co-authors wrote.

The impact of tangible support for breast cancer patients — such as doing chores, bringing them to the doctor, or providing food — was also strong among late-stage patients: those with low levels of such support were almost three times more likely to report that their quality of life was worse than average.

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