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Research Letter
January 1, 2014

Pain at 12 Months After Surgery for Breast Cancer

Author Affiliations
  • 1Breast Surgery Unit, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2Department of Oncology, Helsinki University Central Hospital
  • 3Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Pain Medicine, Helsinki University Central Hospital
JAMA. 2014;311(1):90-92. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.278795

Persistent pain following breast cancer treatments remains a significant clinical problem despite improved treatment strategies.1 Data on factors associated with persistent pain are needed to develop prevention and treatment strategies and to improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients. This prospective study examined the prevalence and severity of and the factors associated with chronic pain after breast cancer surgery and adjuvant treatments.

Consecutive patients younger than 75 years with unilateral nonmetastasized breast cancer treated at the Helsinki University Central Hospital in 2006-2010 with either breast-conserving surgery or mastectomy with axillary surgery were eligible. Patients receiving neoadjuvant treatment or immediate or delayed breast reconstruction or who had no breast cancer in the final histology were excluded. All women gave informed written consent. The ethics committee of the Helsinki University Central Hospital approved the study.

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