Quality of life of women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy

  • Edianne Sílvia Lustosa Cesar
  • Inez Sampaio Nery
  • Államy Danilo Moura e Silva
  • Juliana Teixeira Nunes
  • Ana Fátima Carvalho Fernandes
Keywords: Breast Neoplasms, Quality of Life, Drug Therapy, Nursing Care.

Abstract

Objective: to analyze the quality of life of women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy. Methods: a cross-sectional study with 76 women. We used the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Core Quality of Life Questionnaire-30 and Supplementary Questionnaire Breast Cancer Module. Results: there was a low correlation between socio-demographic and clinical variables with the quality of life domains. The best scores corresponded to women from 49 to 51 years old, married, dark-skinned, better schooling and formal work. The least mentioned symptoms were: Swollen breast (84.2%), Vomiting (81.6%); Shortness of breath (80.3%). Conclusion: general health presented satisfactory average, which suggests a good quality of life according to the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Core Quality of Life Questionnaire-30. However, the Functional and Symptoms domains, as measured by Supplementary Questionnaire Breast Cancer Module, were negatively influenced by old age and larger cycles of chemotherapy.
Published
2017-11-21
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