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Quality of life of women with breast cancer at a tertiary care hospital

Authors:Kannan K , Kokiwar Prashant R , Jogdand Gopal Rao S
Int J Biol Med Res. 2011; 2(4): 1003 – 1005  |  PDF File


QUALITY OF LIFE OF WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER AT A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL Kannan K, Kokiwar PR, Jogdand GS ABSTRACT Background: The diagnosis of breast cancer, despite improved overall survival, continues to generate fear and turmoil in the lives of women and their families.Prevalence studies of psychological distress indicates that one out of every three newly diagnosed patients experiences significant difficulty in adjustment. Quality of life (QOL) is a very frequent applied concept nowadays. Materials and methods: We conducted a cross sectional study on 58 breast cancer patients, admitted and treated in Shusrutha cancer hospital between February 2011 and June 2011. We used QOL-C30 questionnaire by EORTC module. Results: The mean age of study subjects was 48.8 ±10.26 years. The quality of life total score was 42.24± 10.23. The functional scores were high ranging from 80 to 90.5. The symptom scales of various symptoms were low ranging from 4 to 26.4. Working women had better QOL. Conclusion: The overall QOL was low and it was associated with occupational status.