The status and the influencing factors of quality of life in breast cancer patients

Published on Jan 1, 2010in Journal of Surgery Concepts & Practice
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Objective To investigate the breast cancer patients'quality of life and the influencing factors.Methods By transversal surveillance research,325 breast cancer patients from 3 Shanghai comprehensive hospitals were asked to complete our questionnaires,the Chinese version of Cancer core quality of life questionnaire(EORTC QLQ-C30),and breast cancer-specific quality of life questionnaire(EORTC BR23) designed by the European Organisition for research and treatment cancer.Results The score of overall quality of life is 61.30±18.56,not statistical significant different from the reference index of EORTC.But they are different in the sub-analysis of quality of life;there exists difference in the quality of life between patients from different income and age groups(P=0.030,P=0.038).There is statistical significant difference in physical functioning(P0.001),cognitive functioning(P=0.019) and symptoms subscale scores(including nausea and vomiting,dyspnoea,financial difficulties,body imaging,systemic therapy,arm symptoms and hair loss) between the patients undergoing different modes of treatment.And there is also statistical difference in the figure score between the patients undergoing modified radical mastectomy and breast conservative surgery.Conclusions The quality of life of breast cancer patients in this study are moderate.Difference in economic status,age,treatment therapy and surgery significantly influences the quality of life of the patients.
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