How Do Recovery Advice and Behavioural Characteristics Influence Upper-Body Functions and Quality of Life Among Women 6 Months After Breast Cancer Diagnosis?

Round, Tracey A., Hayes, Sandra C., & Newman, Beth M. (2006) How Do Recovery Advice and Behavioural Characteristics Influence Upper-Body Functions and Quality of Life Among Women 6 Months After Breast Cancer Diagnosis? Supportive Care in Cancer, 14(1), pp. 22-29.

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Goals of work After breast cancer treatment, women may experience significant and enduring problems relating to upper-body function (UBF) and quality of life (QoL). Women are often given advice to avoid problems, despite little scientific evidence to support or refute the advice given. Patients and methods This study addressed the relationships between recovery advice and subsequent behaviours on QoL (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy, Breast questionnaire) and UBF (Disability of Arm, Shoulder and Hand questionnaire) 6 months after treatment for unilateral breast cancer among a population-based sample of women residing in southeast Queensland (n=287). Main results Eighty-seven percent (n=249) of women reported that they received advice on facilitating arm function during their hospital stay, whereas 72% received subsequent recovery advice from medical and/or allied health professionals. Reported QoL and UBF were similar between groups, irrespective of advice received. Behaviours of interest included adherence to advice given, participation in breast cancer programmes and whether women had flight travel, used the treated side as much as the untreated side or had trauma, sunburn, injections and/or blood pressure readings on the treated side in the previous 6 months. QoL and UBF were highest among those who followed minimal advice, who used their treated side as much as their untreated side and who did not participate in any breast cancer programme (p<0.05). Conclusions The findings neither support nor refute current recommendations made to women with breast cancer, but rather raise questions about the value of this recovery advice. The study also provides novel findings regarding relationships between certain behaviours and QoL among breast cancer survivors.

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ID Code: 10622
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Breast cancer, Upper, body function, Quality of life
DOI: 10.1007/s00520-005-0838-z
ISSN: 0941-4355
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:21

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