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Table 2 Prevalence of return to work among cancer survivors.

From: Factors associated with return to work of breast cancer survivors: a systematic review

Author Country Study design Participant and numbers of subjects % of return to work (RTW) % of return to work (RTW)
      after treatment 6 months 12months 18 months >18 months - 3yrs No time limit / Others Others comments on RTW
Ahn, 2009, Breast cancer Res treat South Korea Cross sectional study   Breast cancer survivors N = 1594 & comparison group N = 415, female age 20 - 60 yrs after treatment 58.9% continued working 58.9%       
C. Roelen, 2010, Breast Cancer Res Treat Netherland Longitudinal study   Breast cancer patients N = 492 (2008)
Breast cancer patients N = 398 (2002),
women age <40 - >50 yrs
43% RTW within 1 yr (2008) of diagnosis    43%     52% RTW within 1 yr (2002)
43% RTW within 1 yr (2008)
S. Q. Fantoni, 2009, J Occup Rehabil Northern France Cohort study cancer survivors N = 379,
age 18 - 60 yrs
82.1% RTW after 18 months     82.10%    54.3%RTW in the 12 months after starting treatment
R. R. Bouknight, 2006,
Journal of Clinical Oncology
USA longitudinal study Cancer survivors enrolled: N = 443,
completed study 12 months patients: N = 416, mean age 50.8 years
completed study 18 months patients: N = 407, mean age 50.9 years
82% & 83% RTW during 12, 18 months after diagnosis    82% 83%    At 12 months after breast cancer diagnosis, 18% and at 18 months 17% patients were not working
A. Johnsson, 2011,
Work
Sweden Cohort study Cancer survivors : N = 102,
female age 35 - 63 years
at 6 months 66% RTW & at 10 months 83% RTW   66%     83 % RTW after 10 months  
V.S. Blinder, 2012,
Cancer
USA longitudinal study Low income Latinas and Non-Latina white breast cancer survivors: N = 290,
Latina survivors: N = 179,
age 32-65 years &
Non-Latina Whites survivors: N = 111, age 26-85 years
   27% Latina,
49% non-Latina (p = 0.0002)
  Latina 45%,
Non-Latina 59%
(p = 0.02)
Latina 53%,
Non-Latina 59%
(p = 0.29)
  <60% participant return to work within 3 yrs after diagnosis
R. M. Villaverde, 2008
Occupational Medicine
Spain Cohort study Cancer survivors: N = 96,
mean age 47 years (range 22 - 65 years)
56% RTW at the end of treatment 56%       
E.Hedayati, 2012
Scandinavian Journal of Caring Science
Sweden Cohort study Cancer survivors: N = 44,
women age 40 - 64 years
66% RTW 8 months after diagnosis &91 % RTW after 18 months     91%    
B. Hauglann, 2012,
J Cancer Surviv
Norway cohort Breast cancer case: N = 1548 and
cancer free controls : N = 1548,
age <50 -≥50 years
At the end of observation period 82% nondisabled patients RTW (no time limit)       At the end of observation period 82% nondisabled breast cancer survivors RTW (no time limit) At the end of observation period (9 yrs), employment rates were higher in non-disabled pts than non disabled controls(82% vs. 77%, p = 0.008)
E. Maunsell, 2004,
journal of the National Cancer Institute
Canada   retrospective cohort study Breast cancer survivors: N = 646
comparison group: N = 890,
age 18-59 years
79% of cancer survivors working 3 yrs later       79% of cancer survivors working 3 yrs later After 3 yrs more breast cancer survivors (21%) than women in comparison group (15%) were unemployed
S. Lillehorn,2012,
Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Sweden longitudinal study Breast cancer survivors: N = 56,
mean age 49 years (range 31-60 years)
29% after 6 months, 55% RTW after 12 months and at 18 months 57% RTW   29% 55% 57%    Including part time job 77% women RTW 12 months after diagnosis
M.J. Hassett, 2009,
cancer
USA cohort study Cancer survivors with employed health
insurance: N = 3233,
age 44-63 years
93% women were still working 12 months later    93%     
A. Johnsson, 2009,
Acta Oncologica
Sweden cohort study Breast cancer survivors: N = 102,
age 35 - 63 years
59% women RTW 10 months after surgery       59% women RTW 10 months after surgery  
M. Drolet, 2005
CMAJ
Canada retrospective cohort study Breast cancer survivors N = 646 &
comparison group: N = 890,
female age range 18 - 59 years
        85% of breast cancer survivors were absent 4 wks or more from work 1 yr after diagnosis
M. Drolet, 2005
Journal of clinical Oncology
Canada   retrospective cohort study Breast cancer survivors N = 646 &
comparison group: N = 890,
female age range 18 - 59 years
        21% of breast cancer survivors were not working 3 yrs after diagnosis
F. Balak, 2008,
J occup Rehabil
Netherland cohort study Patients with early stage breast cancer: N = 72,
mean age 49.2 years (18-65 years)
        35% were absent longer than 1 yr and 4 patients did not returned to work within 2yrs after diagnosis