Soe Soe Thwin

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PURPOSE Five years of adjuvant tamoxifen therapy for estrogen receptor (ER) -positive breast cancer is more effective than 2 years of use. However, information on tamoxifen discontinuation is scanty. We sought to identify predictors of tamoxifen discontinuation among older women with breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Within six health care delivery(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to compare the rates of all-cause and breast cancer-specific mortality after breast-conserving surgery (BCS) only, BCS plus radiation therapy (RT), mastectomy, and the receipt of adjuvant tamoxifen in a large population-based cohort of older women with early-stage disease. STUDY DESIGN This cohort study was(More)
BACKGROUND Long-acting injectable risperidone, a second-generation antipsychotic agent, may improve adherence to treatment and outcomes in schizophrenia, but it has not been tested in a long-term randomized trial involving patients with unstable disease. METHODS We randomly assigned patients in the Veterans Affairs (VA) system who had schizophrenia or(More)
PURPOSE A substantial literature describes age-dependent variations in breast cancer treatment, showing that older women are less likely to receive standard treatment than younger women. We sought to identify patient and tumor characteristics associated with the nonreceipt of standard primary tumor and systemic adjuvant therapies. PATIENTS AND METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Breast cancer survivors with higher numbers of comorbidities at the time of primary treatment suffer higher rates of all-cause mortality than comparatively healthier survivors. The effect of time-varying comorbidity status on mortality in breast cancer survivors, however, has not been well investigated. OBJECTIVE We examined longitudinal(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate geriatric assessment (GA) domains in relation to clinically important outcomes in older breast cancer survivors. METHODS Six hundred sixty women diagnosed with primary breast cancer in four US geographic regions (Los Angeles, CA; Minnesota; North Carolina; and Rhode Island) were selected with disease stage I to IIIA, age >or= 65 years(More)
BACKGROUND The definitive local therapy options for early-stage breast cancer are mastectomy and breast-conserving surgery followed by radiation therapy. Older women and those with comorbidities frequently receive breast-conserving surgery alone. The interaction of age and comorbidity with breast cancer severity and their impact on receipt of definitive(More)
BACKGROUND Improving a patient's ability to self-monitor and manage changes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms may improve outcomes. OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy of a comprehensive care management program (CCMP) in reducing the risk for COPD hospitalization. DESIGN A randomized, controlled trial comparing CCMP with(More)
PURPOSE To examine five- and ten-year survival based on cancer-specific geriatric assessment (C-SGA) in older women with early stage breast cancer. METHODS We evaluated 660 women ≥65-years old diagnosed with stage I-IIIA primary breast cancer and attending physician permission to contact in four geographic regions in the United States of America (USA).(More)
This study examines the psychometric properties of the Quality of Well Being Scale (QWB), the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS), the Heinrich-Carpenter Quality of Life Scale (QOLS), and the Lenert PANSS-based utility measure in a cohort of patients with schizophrenia and identifies threshold values of clinically meaningful change using the(More)