Nurses' Health Study (1976-)

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Study Website: http://www.channing.harvard.edu/nhs/External Web Site Policy

Number of Enrolled Cancer Patients/Survivors: 121,700 enrolled in 1976, of which 26,100 have developed cancer
Years of Diagnoses of Enrolled Cancer Patients/Survivors: 1976-Present
Approximate Years of Follow-up: 38
Cancer Sites Represented: Bladder
Brain
Breast
Cervix
Colon & Rectum
Connective Tissue
Esophagus
Gall Bladder
Hodgkin's Disease
Kidney
Leukemias
Liver
Lung & Bronchus
Melanomas of the Skin
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Oral Cavity & Pharynx
Ovary
Pancreas
Stomach
Thyroid
Uterus
Biological Specimens Collected: Blood/Blood Fraction
Buccal Cells
Normal Tissue
Germline DNA
Formaline Fixed Tumor Tissue
Urine
Treatment Outcome Measures: Physician/Medical Record Reported
  • Symptom Assessment
  • Death
Patient-Reported:
  • Symptom Assessment
  • Acute Medical Event
  • Late Medical Event
  • Quality of Life
  • Cancer Recurrence
  • Death
Co-morbidities at Study Entry: Diabetes
Heart Disease
Pulmonary Disease
Lifestyle Factors: Smoking
Alcohol Use
Diet
Physical Activity
Body Mass Index
Weight Loss/Control
Other
Treatment Data: Surgery
Radiation
Chemotherapy
Hormonal Therapy
Treatment Data Assessed By: Patient Reported Questionnaire
Is the study open to collaboration? Yes, contact nshpermission@channing.harvard.edu
Additional Information The Nurses' Health Study was launched in 1976, when 121,700 registered nurses, aged 30-55 years, responded to a mailed questionnaire regarding their health and lifestyle. Women continue to be followed via questionnaires every 2 years. Incident cases of cancer and selected other diagnoses are documented by reviewing medical records.

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