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Master of Science


Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Dr. Amardeep Thind



To evaluate the relationship between perceived social support and HRQOL (physical and emotional) in low SES breast cancer survivors.


A cross-sectional study design was used to measure perceived social support at 18 months and HRQOL at 3 years after breast cancer diagnosis using MOS SS and MOS SF-36, respectively. Multiple regression analyses were used to evaluate the relationship.


Menopause at the time of diagnosis, adjunct chemotherapy, adjunct radiation therapy, co-morbidities, treatment side effects and depression were negatively associated with PCS scores (p < 0.01). Treatment side effects, anxiety and depression were negatively associated with MCS scores (p < 0.01).


Perceived social support was not associated with HRQOL in low SES breast cancer survivors in our study. Menopause, co- morbidities, treatment side effect, adjunct chemotherapy and radiation therapy adversely affect physical HRQOL. Feelings of anxiety, depression and treatment side effects have a negative impact on emotional HRQOL.