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QUALITY OF LIFE AND LYMPHEDEMA FOLLOWING BREAST CANCER

Authors
  • SP Heiney
  • J McWayne
  • JE Cunningham
  • LJ Hazlett
  • RS Parrish
  • LH Bryant
  • C Vitoc
  • K Jansen

Abstract

The aim of the study was to compare Quality of Life (QOL) of breast cancer patients with and without secondary lymphedema (SLE) using a cross-sectional design with a convenience sample. Research packets were mailed to 2088 breast cancer patients (BrCaPt). The QOL component ofthe study used the Quality of Life Instrument- Breast Cancer Patient Version for data collection. The sample (n = 537) was 12.9% African-American/Hispanic/Other (AA) and 87.1% European-American (EA). One hundred and twenty-two women (22.7%) reported SLE. Overall and subscale means were computed and ANOVA was determined for seven variables: age, marital status,educational level, race, type of surgery, time since diagnosis, and SLE. Women without SLE had a higher overall mean QOL score compared to women with SLE (p=0.02). Women with a greater than high school education had a higher mean QOL score compared to women with high school or less education (p=0.05). SLE patients had poorer QOL in the physical (p<0.001), and social(p=0.004) subscales. Older women had a higher overall QOL compared to younger women (p<0.001). These results provide insight into the impact of SLE on women’s QOL and pinpoint that physical and social well being are negatively influenced by SLE.

Keywords: secondary lymphedema, breast cancer, mastectomy, quality of life, social well being

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Heiney, S. & McWayne, J. & Cunningham, J. & Hazlett, L. & Parrish, R. & Bryant, L. & Vitoc, C. & Jansen, K., (2007) “QUALITY OF LIFE AND LYMPHEDEMA FOLLOWING BREAST CANCER”, Lymphology 40(4), 177-184.

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20 Aug 2007
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