Quality of Life using EORTC QLQ C-30 and EORTC QLQ BR-23 Marathi Version in Post-Operative Breast Cancer Women from Rural Region of Maharashtra
Background: QOL (Quality of life) may be affected in most of the patients suffering from cancer irrespective of its stage. Hence, this observational study was conducted to understand the QOL in postoperative breast cancer women from rural region of Maharashtra, using Marathi versions of EORTC QLQ C-30 and EORTC QLQ BR-23 questionnaires.
Methodology: Out of 112 patients screened, 100 Post-Operative Breast Cancer in-patients and out-patients from Pravara Rural Hospital, Loni, Maharashtra, between age group of 20-60 years, were included in the study and questionnaires were administered to them.
Results: According to EORTC QLQ C-30, the Global QOL was 69.91± 23.4. Emotional Functioning showed the lowest score (65.01± 24.06). In the symptom scale, the highest score were of Fatigue, Insomnia, Loss of Appetite and Pain. Financial Difficulties (48.33±34.28) were faced by the patients due to medical treatment. In EORTC QLQ BR-23, score of sexual enjoyment (46.48±31.52) was lowest and Hair Loss (38.44±24.81) was the most affected symptom.
Conclusion: The study concluded that post-operative women in rural region from Maharashtra had low emotional functioning, less sexual enjoyment and faced financial difficulties due to medical treatment. Participants were most affected by hair loss symptom.
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