Health Related Quality of Life among Breast Cancer Patients: a Study from Turkey

Sehsuvar Gokgoz, Ganime Sadikoglu, Ela Paksoy, Umit Guneytepe, Alis Ozcakir, Nuran Bayram, Nazan Gonul Bilgel

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to assess the quality of life of 123 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who had been followed up after the initial treatment by the outpatient clinic for breast surgery of a university hospital. The Turkish version of QLQ-C30 (Quality of Life Questionnaire-Cancer 30) and QLQ-BR23 (Quality of Life Questionnaire- Breast Cancer 23) were used to measure the quality of life. The mean score for global heath status/ QOL was 64.43. Patients with localized cancer had higher scores. Those in the advanced stages of breast cancer had lower physical, social and sexual functioning than those in the early stages. Patients who were currently receiving chemotherapy had lower global health/QOL, significantly different from those receiving only hormone therapy. Breast cancer patients experience problems in multiple quality of life domains. Health professionals must recognize and take into consideration the importance of QOL, in order to improve the health of breast cancer patients.


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Global Journal of Health Science   ISSN 1916-9736(Print)   ISSN 1916-9744(Online)

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