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Title: How breast cancer treatments affect the quality of life of women with non-metastatic breast cancer one year after surgical treatment: a cross-sectional study in Greece
Authors: Yfantis, Aris 
Sarafis, Pavlos 
Moisoglou, Ioannis 
Tolia, Maria 
Intas, George 
Tiniakou, Ioanna 
Zografos, Konstantinos 
Zografos, George Constantine 
Constantinou, Marianna 
Nikolentzos, Athanasios 
Kontos, Michalis 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Clinical Medicine
Keywords: Adjuvant therapy;Breast cancer;Care;Quality of life;Surgery
Issue Date: 21-Sep-2020
Source: BMC Surgery, 2020, vol. 20, no. 1, articl. no. 210
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
Journal: BMC Surgery 
Abstract: Background: The continuously increasing survivorship of female breast cancer makes the monitoring and improvement of patients' quality of life ever so important. While globally there is a growing body of research on health-related quality of life 1 year after surgical treatment for non-metastatic breast cancer, up-to-date information regarding Greek patients is scarce. Objective: To measure the level of QoL of non-metastatic BC survivors in Greece 1 year after surgery. Methods: A sample of 200 female breast cancer survivors aged 18 to 75, who followed up as outpatients in five public hospitals were included in this cross-sectional study. All recruited patients agreed to participate in the study (100% response rate). Quality of life data were collected through the EORTC QLQ-C30 as well as BR23 questionnaires. Results: Cronbach's alpha for all scales of the two questionnaires was from 0.551 to 0.936 indicating very good reliability. According to the Multiple Linear Regression, older patients showed a lower future perspective (p =.031), with those living in rural areas, which was associated with more financial difficulties (p =.001). Women with tertiary education and those who had been hospitalized in a university hospital recorded better on global health status (p =.003 and.000 respectively). Patients who underwent chemotherapy reported better scores in the emotional function sub-scale (p =.025). Women with reconstruction and at least one complication appeared to have significantly better scores in future perspective and social function (p =.005,.002 respectively). Conclusions: Breast cancer survivors were found to have an overall good quality of life, functioning/symptoms scores and were satisfied with the provided care.
ISSN: 1471-2482
DOI: 10.1186/s12893-020-00871-z
Rights: © 2020 The Author(s).
Type: Article
Affiliation : General Public Hospital of Lamia 
Cyprus University of Technology 
University Hospital of Crete Voutes 
General Public Hospital Nikaia "agios Panteleimon" 
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 
Hellenic Open University 
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