“Deborah agreed to take part in a trial as she was keen to help other cancer patients in the future. "If taking part in a trial means others might be helped then I’m very happy with that."
A study looking at joint and muscle aches, pain and stiffness in women with breast cancer (JACS)
This study looked at women with breast cancer and their experiences of joint and muscle aches, pain and stiffness. Researchers wanted to understand more about what causes this.
It was for women with newly diagnosed breast cancer that hadn’t spread (primary breast cancer).
The study looked at pain as a side effect of treatment.
More about this trial
- women with breast cancer had more joint pain that those who didn’t
- joint pain may affect these women’s daily activities
- which breast cancer treatment causes aches and pains
- how bad these aches and pains are
- how long they last
- how they affect people’s lives
- when the joint aches, pains and stiffness started
- how they affected
quality of lifeand daily activities
- if the type of breast cancer and treatment makes a difference
Summary of results
- the women’s ages and where they lived
- their quality of life
- any joint pain they had, it’s severity and location
- any other medical conditions they had
- 7 out of 10 women (70%) reported joint or muscle pain, aches or stiffness in the previous 7 days
- about 3 out of 10 women (30%) reported joint pain aches or stiffness in the previous 7 days
- quality of life was worse in women who reported these problems
How to join a clinical trial
Professor Julia Addington-Hall
Breast Cancer Campaign
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
University of Southampton