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Psychosocial well-being and quality of life in women with breast cancer in foothills of North India

1 Department of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Rajesh Kumar,
College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh - 249 203, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.jcrt_672_21

Introduction: Breast cancer remains a leading cause of unintended death among Indian women. Cancer treatment-induced pain, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, body image, and sexual problems could affect the patient psychosocial well-being and quality of life (QOL). The study aims to determine the QOL and psychosocial well-being among women with breast cancer. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey completed by 244 women with breast cancer at a tertiary level teaching hospital. The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QOL Questionnaire C30, the Breast Module (QLQ-BR23), and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) is used to measure the QOL, and psychological well-being, respectively. Appropriate descriptive and inferential statistics are applied to compute the results. Results: The total number of women with breast cancer interviewed was 244, with a mean age of 45.06 (standard deviation ± 11.17) years. The mean global health score was 70.97 ± 15.63. As per the QLQ-C30 scale, “physical functioning” scored the highest (70.54 ± 22.00), and “role functioning” reported the lowest (49.45 ± 36.15) mean score. Further, on the QLQ-C30 symptoms scale, “appetite loss” (45.09 ± 35.09) was the worst reported symptom, followed by “nausea and vomiting” (34.97 ± 38.39). On the BR-23 scale, body image said (68.42 ± 22.28) higher score than other domains and experience of arm-related problems (43.80 ± 26.06) were more frequently reported symptom in women. As per the HADS scale, 24.6% and 36.1% of women were in moderate anxiety and depression, respectively. The mean HADS score was 14.39 ± 5.82. Findings on predictors for the individual patient remained the same as that earlier published literature. Conclusions and Recommendations: Women with breast cancer have an overall good QOL and poor psychosocial well-being. However, using a holistic approach, including identifying psychological problems and their time management, signifies the need for the studied population.

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