Quality of life, depression and anxiety in breast cancer survivors compared to women who didn’t have cancer

03 May 2018


Every year, thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer in England. The treatments that are now available help many women to live for a long time after their cancer diagnosis.


The aim of this study is to understand if women who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer in the past have more anxiety, depression or a poorer quality of life compared to women who have not had cancer.

Study participants

We are inviting women with a history of breast cancer for 1 year or longer, and women who didn’t have cancer, to answer to short questionnaires about their quality of life and mental health. Participants in this study were randomly selected from primary care practices in England.


This study is currently ongoing. The results will be made available in this page in due course.


We would like to thank all study participants for their collaboration. We would also like to thank the Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice for their help in the development of the study materials. This study is a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).