Journal article

Social connectedness and mortality after prostate cancer diagnosis: A prospective cohort study

Zimu Wu, Nga H Nguyen, Dawei Wang, Brigid M Lynch, Allison M Hodge, Julie K Bassett, Victoria M White, Ron Borland, Dallas R English, Roger L Milne, Graham G Giles, Pierre-Antoine Dugue



Men with prostate cancer experience side effects for which a supportive social environment may be beneficial. We examined the association between four measures of social connectedness and mortality after a prostate cancer diagnosis. Male participants in the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study in 1990-1994, who developed incident prostate cancer and attended follow-up in 2003-2007, were eligible for the study. Information on social connectedness, collected at follow-up, included (i) living arrangement; (ii) frequency of visits to friends/relatives and (iii) from friends/relatives; (iv) weekly hours of social activities. A total of 1,421 prostate cancer cases was observed (338 all-cause death..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grants

Funding Acknowledgements

Cases and their vital status were ascertained through the Victorian Cancer Registry and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, including the National Death Index and the Australian Cancer Database. The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (MCCS) cohort recruitment was funded by VicHealth and Cancer Council Victoria. The MCCS was further augmented by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grants 209057, 396414 and 1074383 and by infrastructure provided by Cancer Council Victoria.