Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Evaluation of the Quality of Life of Patients with Malignant Breast Cancer after Surgery]

TÓTH Enikő1, KIRÁLY Edit2

APRIL 30, 2020

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2020;33(2)

[In the morbidity statistics, breast cancer is ranked first in both developed and developing countries. To map the quality of life after surgery of women with malignant breast cancer, which mainly involved the comparison of different age groups and changes in social relations. The survey was conducted in November 2017 at the National Institute of Oncology using a questionnaire method, in which 70 people participated. Based on age-disaggregated data, the over-60s reported more psychiatric symptoms than the younger group. During the course of their illness, many of the socially altered women in their lives were living alone and reporting a lower quality of life. In the absence of family support, it would be extremely beneficial to increase the opportunities available for women to reintegrate into society as soon as possible. ]

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  1. Országos Gerincgyógyászati Központ, Gerincsebészeti és Ortopédiai Osztály, Budapest
  2. Jávorszky Ödön Kórház, Vác

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