The impact of a partner’s breast cancer on male caregivers

The study included 16 men whose wives were coping with their first recurrence, and 16 whose spouse remained disease-free.

Men whose wives had a recurrence had higher levels of stress, greater interference from fatigue and more physical symptoms such as headaches, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal problems, coughing, nausea and shortness of breath.

The men whose wives had a recurrence reported an average of nine physical symptoms, compared with fewer than five symptoms among those whose wives had remained disease-free.