E-ISSN 2587-0831
Original Article
Complications Associated with Loco-Regional Treatment of Breast Cancer and Their Impact on Quality-of-Life
1 Department of General Surgery, Istanbul University Istanbul School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey  
2 Department of General Surgery, Marmara University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey  
3 Department of Pschiatry, İstanbul University İstanbul School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey  
Eur J Breast Health 2019; 15: 51-58
DOI: 10.5152/ejbh.2018.4198
Key Words: Breast cancer, quality-of-life, chronic pain, axillary dissection, radiotherapy

Objective: Aim of this prospective study was to determine the complications of different treatment modalities for breast cancer and assess their impact on patients’ quality-of-life and psychological status.


Materials and Methods: Patients surgically treated for early-stage breast cancer were enrolled in the study. Complications after treatment and quality-of-life parameters were measured and recorded.


Results: 218 patients, all female with a median age of 48 (19-82) years, were included in the study. In early period, significant limitation of shoulder movements, increased pain and decreased in functional capacity were observed, whereas in mid-term, all shoulder movements, as well as pain and functional capacity returned normal. In both early period and mid-terms, anxiety scores were significantly decreased, whereas depression scores were significantly increased. In early period, there was a significant decrease in physical and mental area scores. Social area scores were significantly increased, whereas environmental, mental and physical area scores were significantly decreased in mid-term and late period.


Conclusion: Overall, patients’ quality-of-life was found to be significantly deteriorated in both early period and mid-term and returned to pre-treatment period at long term follow up.




Cite this article as: Özçınar B, Güler SA, Kocaman N, Özkan M, Güllüoğlu BM, Özmen V. Complications Associated with Loco-Regional Treatment of Breast Cancer and Their Impact on Quality-of-Life. Eur J Breast Health 2018; 15(1): 51-58.

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