Quality of life related to health and comorbidity in mastectomized patients


  • Míria Conceição Lavinas Santos
  • Tiago Barreto de Castro e Silva
  • Kamila Monteiro Cavalcante
  • Natasha Firmino Souto
  • Sâmya Aguiar Lôbo
  • Ana Fátima Carvalho Fernandes


Breast Neoplasms, Quality of Life, Mastectomy, Comorbidity.


This study aimed to assess the association between comorbidities and quality of life of mastectomized women. This cross-sectional study was carried out with 48 women, with an average age of 58.2 years and 55.4 months after the surgery. There was a support group (n=16) and a control group (n=32) from a hormone therapy outpatient clinic of a reference hospital in Fortaleza/Brazil. It was the Medical Outcomes Study Questionaire 36 — Item Short Form Survey (SF-36). The groups differed from each other with regard to comorbidities: 68.8% in the study group and 31.2% in the control group (p=0,029). Considering both groups, we could evidence the worst scores related to the dimension Role Limitations due to Physical Health Problems (p=0,143), and the best scores related to the dimension Social Functioning (p=0.272). The combination of three comorbidities have determined a lower level of QoL on the dimensions Physical Functioning (p=0.463), Bodily Pain (p=0.869), and General Health (p=0.138).



How to Cite

Santos, M. C. L., Silva, T. B. de C. e, Cavalcante, K. M., Souto, N. F., Lôbo, S. A., & Fernandes, A. F. C. (2011). Quality of life related to health and comorbidity in mastectomized patients. Rev Rene, 12(4). Retrieved from http://www.periodicos.ufc.br/rene/article/view/4347



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