Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
BARROS, Gisele Curi de and LABATE, Renata Curi. Psychological repercussions related to brachytherapy treatment in women with gynecological cancer: analysis of production from 1987 to 2007. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.6, pp. 1049-1053. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692008000600018.
One of the radiotherapeutic modalities for gynecological cancer treatment is brachytherapy, characterized by the placement of radioactive materials near the tumor. This treatment can bring side effects for patients. Due to the emotional issues involved, the objective of this research was to apprehend studies about psychological repercussions related to brachytherapy treatment in women with gynecological cancer, through a literature review. The results revealed an embryionic production, with only one study produced in Brazil. A higher concentration of studies was found in the Nursing area. Research focused on psychosocial repercussions, attempting to understand the patients' experiences before, during and after treatment, evidencing physical and psychological consequences that affect their quality of life. It is important to consider the expansion of this production through psychological research that furthers the comprehension about the experience of women submitted to brachytherapy.
Keywords : brachytherapy; psychology; review literature as topic.