The relationship between work-related outcomes and symptoms in early breast cancer survivors receiving adjuvant endocrine therapy

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Abstract

Objective: This study examined the relationship between symptom burdens and work-related outcomes, including work participation and overall work impairment (OWI) among breast cancer survivors (BCS) receiving adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET). Methods: This was a cross-sectional study with 140 BCS of working age receiving AET. Data were collected using self-report questionnaires that included an assessment of symptoms and their employment status, and OWI. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and multiple logistic regression analysis. Results: A total of 111 (79%) survivors reported being employed at the time of the survey. Symptom burdens were not associated with unemployment. Of the 110 working BCS receiving AET, symptom burdens were significantly related to a higher degree of OWI (OR ​= ​2.14, 95% CI, 1.58–2.89, P ​≤ ​0.001). Conclusions: Participating BCS receiving AET continued to work while experiencing symptoms, with survivors who experienced high symptom burdens being negatively affected in their work life. Healthcare providers need to assess and manage symptoms and their impact on work, with the help of employers, to improve the quality of work life of BCS receiving AET.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-178
Number of pages5
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Breast cancer survivors
  • Endocrine therapy
  • Symptoms
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)

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