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National Institutes of Health: National Cancer Institute: Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
Grant Details

Grant Number: 7R01CA086045-05 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Bradley, Cathy
Organization: Virginia Commonwealth University
Project Title: Labor Market Outcomes of Long Term Cancer Survivors
Fiscal Year: 2004
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Abstract

DESCRIPTION: We propose a longitudinal study of cancer patients' and their spouses' abilities to remain in the work force after a cancer diagnosis. Very little is known about the abilities of these individuals to restore their lives after they mounted an initial effort to survive treatment. We will collect data from patients at four time points: diagnosis, 4-6 months after diagnosis, and 12 and 18 months post-diagnosis. By labor market decisions, we mean changes in patients' and spouses' employment status, decisions to remain in jobs, and changes in hours worked. We will compare our study groups' labor market decisions and outcomes to a cohort of similar individuals in the Current Population Survey (CPS) to ensure that the changes we observe in the labor market decisions in the cancer population are not due to changes in the economy or changes attributable to aging. Specifically, our aims are to: 1) Determine if patients diagnosed with cancer increase or decrease labor market participation; 2) For patients who are married, examine if their spouses increase or decrease their labor market participation; 3) Determine if changes in employment status lead to consequences such as changes in income and health insurance coverage; and 4) Estimate the productivity costs of cancer and its treatment for patients and their spouses that can be used in future studies of cost-effectiveness comparing various cancer therapies. We address the labor market effects of cancer and its treatment in an important way -- we hypothesize that the demand for health insurance is a primary motivator to remain in the work force. Our study will provide a unique, rich data set that models the labor market experience of patients and their spouses. These data will be the most comprehensive data available on the employment and economic experience of survivors and their spouses and can 1) be used to inform public policy and 2) provide estimates of productivity losses for future studies of cost-effectiveness of screening and treatment.

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Publications

Work task disability in employed breast and prostate cancer patients.
Authors: Oberst K. , Bradley C.J. , Gardiner J.C. , Schenk M. , Given C.W. .
Source: Journal of cancer survivorship : research and practice, 2010 Dec; 4(4), p. 322-30.
EPub date: 2010-06-12.
PMID: 20549572
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Applying propensity score methods in medical research: pitfalls and prospects.
Authors: Luo Z. , Gardiner J.C. , Bradley C.J. .
Source: Medical care research and review : MCRR, 2010 Oct; 67(5), p. 528-54.
EPub date: 2010-05-04.
PMID: 20442340
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Breast and prostate cancer patient's reliability of treatment reporting.
Authors: Oberst K. , Bradley C.J. , Schenk M. .
Source: Journal of registry management, 2009 Spring; 36(1), p. 12-5.
PMID: 19670693
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Employment and cancer: findings from a longitudinal study of breast and prostate cancer survivors.
Authors: Bradley C.J. , Neumark D. , Luo Z. , Schenk M. .
Source: Cancer investigation, 2007 Feb; 25(1), p. 47-54.
PMID: 17364557
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Employment-contingent health insurance, illness, and labor supply of women: evidence from married women with breast cancer.
Authors: Bradley C.J. , Neumark D. , Luo Z. , Bednarek H.L. .
Source: Health economics, 2007 Jul; 16(7), p. 719-37.
PMID: 17177273
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Absenteeism from work: the experience of employed breast and prostate cancer patients in the months following diagnosis.
Authors: Bradley C.J. , Oberst K. , Schenk M. .
Source: Psycho-oncology, 2006 Aug; 15(8), p. 739-47.
PMID: 16374893
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Employment outcomes of men treated for prostate cancer.
Authors: Bradley C.J. , Neumark D. , Luo Z. , Bednarek H. , Schenk M. .
Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2005-07-06; 97(13), p. 958-65.
PMID: 15998948
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Short-term effects of breast cancer on labor market attachment: results from a longitudinal study.
Authors: Bradley C.J. , Neumark D. , Bednarek H.L. , Schenk M. .
Source: Journal of health economics, 2005 Jan; 24(1), p. 137-60.
PMID: 15617792
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Breast cancer and women's labor supply.
Authors: Bradley C.J. , Bednarek H.L. , Neumark D. .
Source: Health services research, 2002 Oct; 37(5), p. 1309-28.
PMID: 12479498
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Breast cancer survival, work, and earnings.
Authors: Bradley C.J. , Bednarek H.L. , Neumark D. .
Source: Journal of health economics, 2002 Sep; 21(5), p. 757-79.
PMID: 12349881
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