Mental adjustment to first recurrence and correlated factors in patients with breast cancer

Citation
Y. Okano et al., Mental adjustment to first recurrence and correlated factors in patients with breast cancer, BREAST CANC, 67(3), 2001, pp. 255-262
Citations number
32
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Oncology,"Onconogenesis & Cancer Research
Journal title
BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AND TREATMENT
ISSN journal
0167-6806 → ACNP
Volume
67
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
255 - 262
Database
ISI
SICI code
0167-6806(200106)67:3<255:MATFRA>2.0.ZU;2-6
Abstract
Previous reports have demonstrated that breast cancer patients felt that ne ws of their recurrence was more upsetting, than their initial diagnosis. Ho wever, no studies have examined the factors that are correlated with mental adjustment in breast cancer patients who experienced recurrence. The autho rs investigated factors that are correlated with mental adjustment styles o f fighting spirit or helplessness/hopelessness in women with breast cancer with a first recurrence. Fifty-five participants were interviewed and compl eted the Mental Adjustment to Cancer scale. Factors that correlated signifi cantly with fighting spirit were performance status and history of major de pression, while factors that correlated significantly with helplessness/hop elessness were age, pain, and history of major depression. These findings s uggest that it is necessary to provide intervention for first recurrent bre ast cancer patients who have such biomedical factors, as young age, poor pe rformance status, pain, and history of major depression to help them better cope with cancer.