Evaluation of Social Support, Quality of Life, and Body Image in Women with Breast Cancer

Roberta Spatuzzi, Anna Vespa, Primo Lorenzi, Guido Miccinesi, Marcello Ricciuti, Wanda Cifarelli, Marina Susi, Tommaso Fabrizio, Maria G. Ferrari, Marica Ottaviani, Maria Velia Giulietti, Fabiana Merico, Michele Aieta

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BACKGROUND: This study was aimed at comparing the quality of life, body image, and perceived social support in women with breast cancer surgery.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients receiving breast-conserving surgery (BCS) (n = 72), mastectomy alone (n = 44), and mastectomy with breast reconstruction (n = 41) were evaluated using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30), the EORTC Breast Cancer Module (QLQ-BR23), the Body Image Scale (BIS) and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS).

RESULTS: The results indicated that the BCS group had a better body image compared with the other 2 groups and better role functioning compared with the mastectomy-alone group. In the reconstruction group, body image correlated with perceived social support, especially from family and significant others.

CONCLUSION: These results suggest that a positive perception of a supportive social network can help women with breast reconstruction to better cope with the psychological effects of surgery on their body image.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalBreast Care
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

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Social Support
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Breast Neoplasms
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Segmental Mastectomy
Mammaplasty
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Evaluation of Social Support, Quality of Life, and Body Image in Women with Breast Cancer. / Spatuzzi, Roberta; Vespa, Anna; Lorenzi, Primo; Miccinesi, Guido; Ricciuti, Marcello; Cifarelli, Wanda; Susi, Marina; Fabrizio, Tommaso; Ferrari, Maria G.; Ottaviani, Marica; Giulietti, Maria Velia; Merico, Fabiana; Aieta, Michele.

In: Breast Care, Vol. 11, No. 1, 02.2016, p. 28-32.

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Spatuzzi, R, Vespa, A, Lorenzi, P, Miccinesi, G, Ricciuti, M, Cifarelli, W, Susi, M, Fabrizio, T, Ferrari, MG, Ottaviani, M, Giulietti, MV, Merico, F & Aieta, M 2016, 'Evaluation of Social Support, Quality of Life, and Body Image in Women with Breast Cancer', Breast Care, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 28-32. https://doi.org/10.1159/000443493
Spatuzzi, Roberta ; Vespa, Anna ; Lorenzi, Primo ; Miccinesi, Guido ; Ricciuti, Marcello ; Cifarelli, Wanda ; Susi, Marina ; Fabrizio, Tommaso ; Ferrari, Maria G. ; Ottaviani, Marica ; Giulietti, Maria Velia ; Merico, Fabiana ; Aieta, Michele. / Evaluation of Social Support, Quality of Life, and Body Image in Women with Breast Cancer. In: Breast Care. 2016 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 28-32.
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