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Causes of death among patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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By Leonard A Jason, et al. • • July 26, 2007

Journal: Health Care for Women International. 2006 Aug;27(7):615-26

Authors and affiliation: Jason LA, Corradi K, Gress S, Williams S, Torres-Harding S. DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, USA. [E-mail:]

PMID: 16844674

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating illness affecting thousands of individuals. At the present time, there are few studies that have investigated causes of death for those with this syndrome.

The authors analyzed a memorial list tabulated by the National CFIDS Foundation of 166 deceased individuals who had had CFS.

There were approximately three times more women than men on the list.

The three most prevalent causes of death were heart failure, suicide, and cancer, which accounted for 59.6% of all deaths.

The mean age of those who died from cancer and suicide was 47.8 and 39.3 years, respectively, which is considerably younger than those who died from cancer and suicide in the general population. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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M.E. and my comments
Posted by: joan burns
Jan 18, 2009
Why are you afraid to accept my comments? Too near the truth?
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Deaths of Three Friends
Posted by: Caha
Feb 23, 2010
My three best friends, all of whom had CFS, died - one from lung cancer (smoker) - the other two from pancreatic cancer. I have wondered if many other CFS patients have died from pancreatic cancer or was this just a two out of three fluke???
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myriad cancers unknown source other friend breast cancer then lung second friend both non-smokers
Posted by: treeslost
Sep 9, 2016

I do not know about pancreatic cancer commonality but both my friends had M E Myalgic Encephalopathy for years. Study 2005 166 patients with M E 17 died of cancer the mean age of these cancer deaths was 47.8 years.
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Posted by: treeslost
Sep 9, 2016
sorry one friend breast cancer then lung
one friend myriad cancers source unknown


survival rates of M E cancer patients
Posted by: treeslost
Sep 9, 2016

survival rates. I do not know if more M E patients have heart attacks and cancer earlier than other health population groups BUT
I imagine the M E sufferers survival rates to cancer may be lower than the average younger cancer sufferer.

A pre-weakened body. Also my friend who had breast cancer would not take all the treatment for fear of her M E worsening to a previous totally disabling state. She opted to have both her breasts removed straight away over early chemo.

but it spread to her under arms lymph then her lungs.
She did have radiation at the under arm stage as well as under arm tissue removal.

clever girl she did the maths worked with the statistics waited for the possible outcomes.
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