Recovery in early stage breast cancer: an Australian longitudinal study

Karen Leigh Edward, M. Chipman, John Stephenson, Kayte Robinson, Jo Ann Giandinoto, Roth Trisno

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Abstract

Background: The majority of breast cancer patients will experience some level of
emotional distress, with some patients having long‐term psychological maladjustment. Personal and social resources play a role in recovery yet the interplay between these factors warrants further examination. This study aimed to investigate the interaction of psychosocial factors impacting women in their breast cancer trajectory, at 2 years or less following diagnosis (stages I‐III). Design: A longitudinal cohort study approach was used in this study. Methods: The sample consisted of n = 49 participants. Data were collected between June 2013 and October 2013 and followed for 12 months across the trajectory of the
disease. Results: The mean age was 56.6 years (SD 11.6 years). Most participants had stage I or stage II breast cancer. Time (over three time points—4 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months) after diagnosis was significantly associated with the body image (P = .003) and age (P = .004). Conclusion: Older women with breast cancer reported less concern regarding body image than their younger peers. These findings suggest that post-treatment younger women may require access to psychological support post-treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12747
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume25
Issue number4
Early online date6 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

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