Comorbidity as a predictor of stage of illness for patients with breast cancer.

@article{Fleming2005ComorbidityAA,
  title={Comorbidity as a predictor of stage of illness for patients with breast cancer.},
  author={Steven T. Fleming and Holly G Pursley and Beth Newman and Dmitri Pavlov and Kun Chen},
  journal={Medical care},
  year={2005},
  volume={43 2},
  pages={132-40}
}
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this research was to determine whether comorbidity affects the stage at which breast cancer is diagnosed. METHODS Data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) was merged with Medicare claims for 17,468 women diagnosed with breast cancer from 1993 to 1995. RESULTS Women with cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, mild-to-moderate gastrointestinal disease, and nonmalignant benign breast… CONTINUE READING
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