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Long-Term Quality of Life (BREAST-Q) in Patients with Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hospital Vithas Virgen del Mar, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Department of General and Digestive Surgery, University Hospital Torrecardenas, 04009 Almería, Spain
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Department of Nursing, Physiotherapy and Medicine, University of Almería, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9707; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189707
Received: 23 August 2021 / Revised: 12 September 2021 / Accepted: 13 September 2021 / Published: 15 September 2021
(1) Background: Mastectomy is the surgical treatment of choice in 20–30% of women with breast cancer. In addition, more women are undergoing risk-reducing mastectomies. It is necessary to study these women’s quality of life and satisfaction after surgery, as studies report high percentages of dissatisfaction with the results. The publication of the BREAST-Q© questionnaire in 2009 provided a valuable tool to measure these results. (2) Methods: Descriptive, cross-sectional study of 70 patients who underwent mastectomy and breast reconstruction, both therapeutic and prophylactic, in the last 10 years to whom the BREAST-Q© 2.0-Reconstruction Module questionnaire was provided for completion. (3) Results: The sexual satisfaction scale was the lowest score of the entire questionnaire (51.84 ± 21.13), while the highest score was obtained on the satisfaction with the surgeon scale (91.86 ± 18.11). The satisfaction with care scales showed the importance of the evaluation of these items for future studies. More than half of the patients of the study (51.5%) underwent at least one reoperation after the first surgery, with an average of one (1.15) intervention per patient and a maximum of five. (4) Conclusions: Mastectomy and breast reconstruction have a high negative impact on the sexual well-being of patients. The high percentage of reoperations is a factor to consider because of its possible influence on these patients’ quality of life and satisfaction. View Full-Text
Keywords: breast cancer; breast cancer risk-reducing surgery; mastectomy; breast reconstruction; quality of life; BREAST-Q breast cancer; breast cancer risk-reducing surgery; mastectomy; breast reconstruction; quality of life; BREAST-Q
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García-Solbas, S.; Lorenzo-Liñán, M.Á.; Castro-Luna, G. Long-Term Quality of Life (BREAST-Q) in Patients with Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9707. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189707

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García-Solbas S, Lorenzo-Liñán MÁ, Castro-Luna G. Long-Term Quality of Life (BREAST-Q) in Patients with Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(18):9707. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189707

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García-Solbas, Silvia, Miguel Á. Lorenzo-Liñán, and Gracia Castro-Luna. 2021. "Long-Term Quality of Life (BREAST-Q) in Patients with Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 18: 9707. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189707

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