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Chirurgia 2013 June;26(3):259-62


language: English

The quality of life in patients treated for breast cancer. A case report

Manganaro M. A. 1, Messalli E. M. 1, Gioia F. 1, Seguino E. 1, Pitruzzella G. 2, Pitruzzella D. 2, Di Martino L. 1, Balbi G. 1

1 U.O. Gynecology and Obstetrics, Second University of Studies of Naples, A.O. Sant’Anna e San Sebastiano, Caserta, Italy; 2 U.O.S.D. Breast Unit, A.O. Sant’Anna e San Sebastiano, Caserta, Italy


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in developed countries, and 13% of breast cancer occurs in women 20-44 years. Survival from breast cancer has significantly improved, and the effects of treatment and the impact on quality of life have become increasingly important. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and breast reconstruction are all factors that influence the psychology of women and then their prognosis. A woman 28 aged was treated in our clinic for breast cancer by surgery and chemotherapy. She became pregnant five years after completion of the therapy and again after three years. The patient breastfed both her baby. In May 2010, fourteen years after the mastectomy, although the patient was very happy for motherhood, she continued to feel physically disabled for the lack of breast and so she decided to make a breast reconstruction. The treatment of breast cancer is particularly emotionally for patients because it requires partial or total removal of an organ (breast) with powerful symbolic and emotional connotations related to female, sexuality and maternity. For these delicate reasons, the treatment of breast cancer in young women requires of a multi-disciplinary team that includes gynaecologist/obstetric, oncologist, plastic and general surgeons, radiologist, pathologist, physiatrist and psychologist to improve the quality of life of these women and help them to restore their normal life again.

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