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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 272-276

Quality of life assessment in survivors of breast cancer


1 Department of Radiation Oncology, Government Medical College and Associated Hospitals, Karan Nagar, Srinagar, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Management, Government Medical College and Associated Hospitals, Karan Nagar, Srinagar, India
3 Department of Radiation Oncology, Sher -I- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Srinagar, India
4 Department of Medical Doctors, 53 Battalion CRPF HQ, Police Lines, Baramullah, India
5 Department of Clinical Anatomy, Sher -I- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Medical College, Bemina, Srinagar, J and K, India

Correspondence Address:
Shaqul Qamar Wani
Department of Radiation Oncology, Government Medical College and Associated Hospitals, Karan Nagar, Srinagar - 190 010, J and K
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.98986

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Aim: The aim was to assess the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and its temporal variation at first visit and subsequent visits among breast cancer patients. Design and Setting: The prospective study was carried out in Outpatient Department of Radiation Oncology, University Teaching and Tertiary Referral Hospital. Material and Methods: After clearance from the ethical committee and EORTC group, 81 surgically treated female breast cancer patients referred to the Outpatient Department of Radiation Oncology for chemoradiation and hormonal therapy were included in the study after informed written consent, irrespective of the age and stage of disease. The patients were interviewed as per the EORTC QLQ-C30 Questionnaire module at four levels at the first visit and at subsequent follow-up visits at 6, 12, and 24 months, respectively, and are still on follow-up. Statistical Analysis: The data collected were expressed as mean/raw score (RS), standard deviation (SD), and percent mean/scale score expressed on the linear transformation scale, derived as per the calculations and equations of the EORTC QLQ-C30 Scoring Manual. Intragroup comparison (IGC) was done at four levels/visits, a, b, c and d. A P-value of <0.05 was considered significant. Results: The mean age at presentation was 46.6 ± 10.2 years. The study showed that the physical functioning, role functioning, cognitive functioning, emotional functioning, social functioning, global health status, and symptomatology showed statistically significant improvement over time (P < 0.001). Conclusion: The survivors of female breast cancer over the long-term follow-up showed significant improvement and coping mechanisms involved in a majority of HRQOL parameters.


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