Original Article

Informational Needs of Postmastectomy Patients


  • Duygu Soydaş Yeşilyurt
  • Ümmü Yıldız Fındık

Received Date: 23.03.2016 Accepted Date: 12.05.2016 Eur J Breast Health 2016;12(4):155-157


The aim of this study was to determine informational needs of postmastectomy patients.

Materials and Methods:

This descriptive study was conducted in the general surgery clinics of a university health center for medical research and practice with 72 voluntary patients. For data collection, a patient identification form was used, which was prepared by the researchers in accordance with the literature.


The mean age of the patients was 52.66±13.39 years, 87% were married, 58% had primary school education, 76% had moderate economic status, and 53% had undergone simple mastectomy.

It was determined that 83% of the patients wanted to be informed about hospital and home care interventions, 82% about symptoms and prevention of post-surgical problems, 76% regarding breast cancer and treatment options, and in the range of 54-68%, patients wanted information on the effects of surgery on the body, shoulder and arm exercises, breast self-examination, the effects of breast cancer on family and work life, lymphedema and prevention interventions.


We recommend that patients with mastectomy should be informed about topics including care interventions, breast cancer and treatment options, effects of surgery, and reducing these effects.

Keywords: Breast cancer, informational needs, nursing care, mastectomy