Among breast cancer patients, those with reported larger social networks had significantly improved breast cancer-specific and overall survival compared to their counterparts with smaller social networks. These results were recently reported in the journal Cancer.
Evidence continues to mount indicating a strong association between social support and survival among patients diagnosed with cancer. Results from this recent study provided further data supporting previous findings.
The study included over 9,000 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer within 2 years of the initiation of the study. Women who had greater social networks, which could include spouse, friends, community, and relatives had a reduced rate of a cancer recurrence, a reduced rate of death from breast cancer, and a reduced rate of death from any cause.
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