Social relations, social support and survival among patients with cancer

J Psychosom Res. 1992 Sep;36(6):531-41. doi: 10.1016/0022-3999(92)90038-4.


This study examined the relationship between social relationships and social support and survival following a first diagnosis of breast, colorectal, or lung cancer. Findings showed different factors related to survival for those with breast vs lung or colorectal cancer and for those with localized vs non-localized cancers. Results provide important evidence that social relations and social support may operate differently depending on cancer site and extent of disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / mortality
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality
  • Lung Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Support*
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Survival Analysis