Skip Navigation
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
Back to top


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.

Back to top


Publications

Work task disability in employed breast and prostate cancer patients.
Authors: Oberst K, Bradley CJ, Gardiner JC, Schenk M, Given CW
Source: J Cancer Surviv, 2010 Dec;4(4), p. 322-30.
EPub date: 2010 Jun 12.
PMID: 20549572
Related Citations

Back to top


Applying propensity score methods in medical research: pitfalls and prospects.
Authors: Luo Z, Gardiner JC, Bradley CJ
Source: Med Care Res Rev, 2010 Oct;67(5), p. 528-54.
EPub date: 2010 May 4.
PMID: 20442340
Related Citations

Back to top


Breast and prostate cancer patient's reliability of treatment reporting.
Authors: Oberst K, Bradley CJ, Schenk M
Source: J Registry Manag, 2009 Spring;36(1), p. 12-5.
PMID: 19670693
Related Citations

Back to top


Employment and cancer: findings from a longitudinal study of breast and prostate cancer survivors.
Authors: Bradley CJ, Neumark D, Luo Z, Schenk M
Source: Cancer Invest, 2007 Feb;25(1), p. 47-54.
PMID: 17364557
Related Citations

Back to top


Employment-contingent health insurance, illness, and labor supply of women: evidence from married women with breast cancer.
Authors: Bradley CJ, Neumark D, Luo Z, Bednarek HL
Source: Health Econ, 2007 Jul;16(7), p. 719-37.
PMID: 17177273
Related Citations

Back to top


Absenteeism from work: the experience of employed breast and prostate cancer patients in the months following diagnosis.
Authors: Bradley CJ, Oberst K, Schenk M
Source: Psychooncology, 2006 Aug;15(8), p. 739-47.
PMID: 16374893
Related Citations

Back to top


Employment outcomes of men treated for prostate cancer.
Authors: Bradley CJ, Neumark D, Luo Z, Bednarek H, Schenk M
Source: J Natl Cancer Inst, 2005 Jul 6;97(13), p. 958-65.
PMID: 15998948
Related Citations

Back to top


Short-term effects of breast cancer on labor market attachment: results from a longitudinal study.
Authors: Bradley CJ, Neumark D, Bednarek HL, Schenk M
Source: J Health Econ, 2005 Jan;24(1), p. 137-60.
PMID: 15617792
Related Citations

Back to top


Breast cancer and women's labor supply.
Authors: Bradley CJ, Bednarek HL, Neumark D
Source: Health Serv Res, 2002 Oct;37(5), p. 1309-28.
PMID: 12479498
Related Citations

Back to top


Breast cancer survival, work, and earnings.
Authors: Bradley CJ, Bednarek HL, Neumark D
Source: J Health Econ, 2002 Sep;21(5), p. 757-79.
PMID: 12349881
Related Citations

Back to top