Patient-Reported Quality of Life 3 Months after Breast ReconstructionAdelaida Avino, Daniela Elena Gheoca-Mutu, Laura Raducu, Sorin Andrei Nedelea, Cristian Radu Jecan, Ioan Lascar
Original article, no. 2, 2021
Article DOI: 10.21614/chirurgia.116.2.232
Background: Breast cancer is considered to be the second major cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer. Due to a remarkable progress, the treatments against breast cancer became more efficient and less toxic. In addition, the reconstructive procedures after mastectomy have improved significantly the quality of life especially in younger women. The aim of the study was to evaluate the quality of life of patients 3 months after breast reconstruction. Methods: We performed a prospective study on 25 female patients who underwent immediate or delayed reconstruction of the breast after mastectomy. A health-related quality of life questionnaire was distributed and the answers were evaluated. Results: The patients from the rural area reported that their health in general was much worse than one year ago. The patients with ductal carcinoma reported a serious limitation for vigorous activities, such as running, lifting heavy objects, participating in strenuous sports. 15 patients declared that their general health is good, 8 very good and just two women considered it excellent. Conclusions: Breast reconstruction following mastectomy have an effect on the patientÃ¢Â€Â™s quality of life. Therefore, there is an increased need to recognize and evaluate the quality of life after post reconstruction.
Keywords: breast cancer, breast reconstruction, quality of life