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Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia

versão impressa ISSN 0100-7203

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KLUTHCOVSKY, Ana Claudia Garabeli Cavalli  e  URBANETZ, Almir Antonio. Fatigue and quality of life in breast cancer survivors: a comparative study. Rev. Bras. Ginecol. Obstet. [online]. 2015, vol.37, n.3, pp.119-126. ISSN 0100-7203.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/SO100-720320150005247.

PURPOSE:

To assess fatigue and quality of life in disease-free breast cancer survivors in relation to a sample of age-matched women with no cancer history and to explore the relationship between fatigue and quality of life.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional study was conducted in a sample of 202 consecutive disease-free Brazilian breast cancer survivors, all of whom had completed treatment, treated at 2 large hospitals. The patients were compared to age-matched women with no cancer history attending a primary health care center. The Piper Fatigue Scale-Revised and the World Health Organization Quality of Life Instrument (WHOQOL-BREF) were used to measure the fatigue and quality of life, respectively. Socio-demographic and clinical variables were also obtained. The χ2 test, generalized linear model, and Spearman correlation coefficient were used for statistical purposes. The adopted level of significance was 5%.

RESULTS:

Breast cancer survivors experienced significantly greater total and subscale fatigue scores than comparison group (all p-values<0.05). In addition, survivors reported a poorer quality of life in physical (p=0.002), psychological (p=0.03), and social relationships (p=0.03) domains than comparison group. No difference was found for the environmental domain (p=0.08) for both groups. For survivors of breast cancer and for comparison group, the total and subscale fatigue scores were related to lower quality of life (all p-values<0.01).

CONCLUSION:

The findings of this study highlight the importance of assessing fatigue and quality of life in breast cancer survivors.

Palavras-chave : Breast neoplasms; Survivors; Fatigue; Quality of life.

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