Research Article | Volume: 6, Issue: 9, September, 2016

Study of quality of life and characteristic factors in women with breast cancer undergoing different types of therapy

Redhwan A. Al-Naggar Muhamed T Osman Nameer Al-Baghdadi   

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Published:  Sep 26, 2016

DOI: 10.7324/JAPS.2016.60922

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and an increasingly important issue is to evaluate quality of life (QoL) among these patients. The objective of this study was to appreciate the QoL and associated factors among breast cancer womenundergoing different types of therapy. A cross-sectional study was carried out among 166 breast cancer women from two specialized centres in Baghdad, Iraq, from February 2014 to December 2014. The questionnaire used in this study was “The Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast (FACT-B)”. The majority were employee (60.3%), with high school education (63.2%), with no family history of cancer (79.5%). Majority were diagnosed with grade II (56.6%) and tumor size less than 2 cm in diameter (95.8%). The majority of women underwent mastectomy (98.2%), received chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and Tamoxifen therapy (89.8%, 29.5%, and 36.1%; respectively).The study found a significant difference between the quality of life among cancer patients and job, stage of cancer, size of tumor, and radiotherapy. Job, stage of cancer, size of tumor, and radiotherapy significantly influenced the women QoL. Therefore, more attention on these variables is highly recommended when dealing with breast cancer patients undergoing different types of therapy.

Keyword:     Quality of Life (QoL) breast cancer chemotherapy radiotherapy.


Al-Naggar RA, Osman MT, Nameer Al-Baghdadi. Study of quality of life and characteristic factors in women with breast cancer undergoing different types of therapy. J App Pharm Sci, 2016; 6 (09): 147-152.

Copyright:The Author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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