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The effect of rehabilitation on quality of life in female breast cancer survivors in Iran.

Research paper by M M Poorkiani, A A Abbaszadeh, M M Hazrati, P P Jafari, M M Sadeghi, M M Mohammadianpanah

Indexed on: 18 May '11Published on: 18 May '11Published in: Indian journal of medical and paediatric oncology : official journal of Indian Society of Medical & Paediatric Oncology



Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare the quality of life (Qol) of female breast cancer survivors who received rehabilitation intervention beside medical care and survivors who received medical care alone.Fifty-seven female breast cancer survivors were assigned to usual medical care (control group) or to usual medical care plus rehabilitation intervention (experimental group). Qol of all patients was assessed before, 1 week and 3 months after intervention. The intervention consisted of physiotherapy, education and individual counseling. The authors used the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer core questionnaire and breast module (EORTC QLQ-C30/BR23) for the assessment of Qol.Patients who received rehabilitation had significantly better Qol. Overall, mean of Qol scores improved gradually in experimental group from before to 1 week and 3 months after intervention. In contrast, minimal change was observed between pre/post and follow-up measures for control group.Rehabilitation after breast cancer treatment has the potential for physical, psychological and overall Qol benefits.