Michael J. Glantz, Marc C. Chamberlain, Qin Liu, Chung-Cheng Hsieh, Keith R. Edwards, Alixis Van Horn and Lawrence Recht Gender disparity in the rate of partner abandonment in patients with serious medical illness Cancer 115
Version of Record online: 30 JUL 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.24577
Life-threatening illness creates severe stress that may result in marital discord, separation, or divorce and may adversely impact treatment, quality of life, and survival. The results of the current study demonstrated that partner abandonment in patients with serious medical illness was most pronounced in men and affected both quality of care and life.
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