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The course of Health Related Quality of Life in postmenopausal women with breast cancer from breast surgery and up to five years post-treatment
School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Sweden; Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Nursing, Stockholm, Sweden.
Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Nursing, Stockholm, Sweden; Umeå University, Department of Nursing, Umeå, Sweden.
The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Nursing, Stockholm, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Breast, ISSN 0960-9776, E-ISSN 1532-3080, Vol. 22, no 5, 952-957 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Previous studies include too few patients over 70 years to be able to assess treatment effects on Health Related Quality Of Life (HRQOL) in the older age group. We aimed to follow HRQOL in postmenopausal women (55-80 years) with breast cancer receiving adjuvant treatment, until five years post-treatment, and compare with a general population.

Patients and methods: The patient sample included 150 women (adjuvant CT n - 75 and RT n - 75) and two reference samples from the Swedish SF-36 norm database.

Results: Data from baseline showed significantly higher levels of physical functioning and general health among the patients compared to the reference sample, and significantly lower levels of bodily pain, emotional role functioning and mental health. Longitudinal analyses showed significant changes in all scales, and three different patterns (a decrease-stable, a decrease-increase, and a stable-increase pattern) were identified.

Conclusion: Postmenopausal women seem to successfully manage the effects of adjuvant treatment on HRQOL. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2013. Vol. 22, no 5, 952-957 p.
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Nursing
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36295DOI: 10.1016/j.breast.2013.05.002ISI: 000324516800063PubMedID: 23751861Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84884139362OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-36295DiVA: diva2:747080
Available from: 2014-09-15 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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