Correlates of return to work for breast cancer survivors.

  title={Correlates of return to work for breast cancer survivors.},
  author={Reynard R. Bouknight and Cathy J. Bradley and Zhehui Luo},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  volume={24 3},
  • R. BouknightC. BradleyZhehui Luo
  • Published 20 January 2006
  • Medicine
  • Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
PURPOSE To identify correlates of return to work for employed breast cancer survivors. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients included 416 employed women with newly diagnosed breast cancer identified from the Metropolitan Detroit Cancer Surveillance System. Patients were interviewed by telephone 12 and 18 months after diagnosis. Correlates of return to work at 12 and 18 months were identified using multivariate logistic regression. RESULTS More than 80% of patients returned to work during the study… 

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