Persistent breast pain 5 years after treatment of invasive breast cancer is largely unexplained by factors associated with treatment

Robin Jean Bell, Penelope Jane Robinson, Fathima Nazha Nazeem, Mary Panjari, Pamela Fradkin, Max Allan Schwarz, Susan Ruth Davis

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Purpose The aim of our study was to establish the prevalence of breast pain persisting 5 years after the initial treatment of breast cancer (BC) and the relationship between those persistent symptoms and general well-being. Methods The study involved women from Victoria, Australia, who had survived at least 5 years from diagnosis, remained free from recurrence or new BC and completed the fifth annual follow-up questionnaire. Analysis involved both multivariable logistic and linear regression. Results Of 1,205 women, 45 reported breast pain which persisted for at least 3 months following initial treatment, and of these, 80 reported pain persisting for at least 5 years. The factor contributingmost to the likelihood of persistent breast pain was current lymphedema; however, a full multivariable model explained
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cancer Survivorship
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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