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Depression, anxiety and body image after treatment for invasive stage one epithelial ovarian cancer

Bisseling, Karin, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas, Bekkers, Ruud, Janda, Monika, & Obermair, Andreas (2010) Depression, anxiety and body image after treatment for invasive stage one epithelial ovarian cancer. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 49(6), pp. 660-666.

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Abstract

Background: Diagnosis of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) in young women has major implications including those to their reproductive potential. We evaluated depression, anxiety and body image in patients with stage I EOC treated with fertility sparing surgery (FSS) or radical surgery (RS). We also investigated fertility outcomes after FSS.-----

Methods: A retrospective study was undertaken in which 62 patients completed questionnaires related to anxiety, depression, body image and fertility outcomes. Additional information on adjuvant therapy after FSS and RS and demographic details were abstracted from medical records. Both bi and multivariate regression models were used to assess the relationship between demographic, clinical and pathological results and scores for anxiety, depression and body image.-----

Results: Thirty-nine patients underwent RS and the rest, FSS. The percentage of patients reporting elevated anxiety and depression (subscores ≥ 11) were 27 % and 5% respectively. The median (inter quartile range) score for body image scale (BIS) was 6 (3-15). None of the demographic or clinical factors examined showed significant association with anxiety and BIS with the exception of ‘time since diagnosis’. For depression, post-menopausal status was the only independent predictor. Among those 23 patients treated by FSS, 14 patients tried to conceive (7 successful), resulting in 7 live births, one termination of pregnancy and one miscarriage.-----

Conclusion: This study shows that psychological issues are common in women treated for stage I EOC. Reproduction after FSS is feasible and lead to the birth of healthy babies in about half of patients who wished to have another child. Further prospective studies with standardised instruments are required.

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ID Code: 30375
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Anxiety, Body Image, Depression, Fertility, Ovarian Neoplasms
DOI: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2009.01074.x
ISSN: 0004-8666
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Counselling (111710)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Cancer Therapy (excl. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy) (111204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Funding:
  • NHMRC CDA /553034
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 the authors
Copyright Statement: Journal compilation 2009 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2010 08:35
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 16:44

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