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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 75-83

Factors affecting quality of life in breast cancer patients: A descriptive and cross-sectional study with review of literature


Department of Radiation Oncology, Army Hospital (Research and Referral), New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Neelam Sharma
Department of Radiation Oncology, Army Hospital (Research and Referral), Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi - 110 010
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jmh.JMH_15_17

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Objective: This descriptive and cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the factors affecting quality of life (QOL) in breast cancer patients. Methods: We collected data from 60 patients of carcinoma breast post modified radical mastectomy on radiotherapy in a tertiary care hospital. We included volunteered patients with a signed informed consent and at least 70 Karnofsky Performance Scale points. The data was gathered by interview technique using EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-BR23 (Breast Cancer Module). Results: The mean age at presentation was 47.6 years (range 30-75 years).75% patients were of low socio-economic status and 63.3% belonged to rural areas. Younger Women in the age group of 30-39 years had faired worst on physical, social and emotional scores as compared to older women in the age group of 70-79 years. Other factors which affected Quality of Life of patients during treatment were stage of disease at presentation, performance score of the patients, socioeconomic status of disease at follow up. Conclusion: Age, Education status, Performance Score, Stage of disease at presentation and status of disease at last follow up are few factors which significantly affects QOL in Carcinoma breast patients though the treatment remains same. Advanced studies on individual quality of life factors affecting cancer would empower physicians for better personal care techniques and patients for easily overcoming the disease.


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