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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2009 December;168(6):369-72
Interference of breast cancer treatment on daily life activities
Pereira De Godoy J. M. 1, Da Silva S. H. 2, De Fátima Guerreiro Godoy M. 3
1 Adjunct Professor of the Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery Department and professor of the post graduation course of Medicine School of São Jose do Rio Preto-FAMERP, Brazil
2 Professor of the Further Education College in Catanduva-Brazil
3 Occupational therapist professor of the post graduation course on lymphedema rehabilitation in Medicine School of São Jose do Rio Preto-FAMERP, Brazil
Aim. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of breast cancer treatment on the daily lives of women.
Methods. The domestic activities of patients suffering from breast cancer were compared before and after mastectomies. The inclusion criterion was that the participants had been submitted to the surgical treatment for breast cancer with axillary lymphadenectomy. The study period was from July to December 2005. The variables analyzed were: Cleaning the house, washing and ironing clothes looking after plants and animals, preparing meals, shopping, going to the bank, driving, taking care of children and using public transport. Additio-nally, the necessity to adapt to limitations and to accept help from other people was also evaluated. For statistical analysis percentages and the Fisher exact test were utilized with an alpha error of 0.05 being considered acceptable.
Results. A total of 89 women with a mean age of 54.8 ± 11.7 years participated. Cleaning the house, washing and ironing clothes, preparing meals, shopping, driving, taking care of children, using public transport and the necessity to adapt to new habits and receiving help from other people were all significantly changed.
Conclusion. Some everyday activities were affected in the period following breast cancer surgery causing limitations in the day-to-day life of these women including physical handicaps and social isolation.