Anxiety In Breast Cancer Patients, Undergoing Surgery As A Primary Treatment Modality

Shejila, CH and Pai, Mamatha Shivananda and Fernandes, Donald J and George, Anice and Nayak, Baby S and Devi, Elsa Sanatombi and Jyothi, RK and Mathew, Stanley (2014) Anxiety In Breast Cancer Patients, Undergoing Surgery As A Primary Treatment Modality. Asia Pacific Journal of Research, 1 (20). pp. 17-23. ISSN 2320-5504

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer and main cause of cancer death in females worldwide. Anxiety and psychological distress are most common sequelae seen in patients with cancer. Prolonged anxiety can influence a person’s response to treatment, decision making and overall quality of life. The main objective of the study was to assess the level of anxiety experienced by breast cancer patients awaiting surgery. A descriptive, cross-sectional study among 30 breast cancer patients undergoing surgery by purposive sampling was used to assess the level of anxiety prior to surgery. The study was conducted in general surgery and oncology wards of a tertiary care hospital in Karnataka. Data for this study was collected through State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). The findings of this study show that 80% of women were in the age group of 41-60years,80% were in stage II of cancer and 67% were planned to have modified radical mastectomy(MRM).Majority of the samples (80%) exhibited moderate level of anxiety, whereas 7% had severe anxiety . Study found that none of the demographic and clinical variables were associated with anxiety level. The findings of the study indicate the magnitude of the problem and need for appropriate interventions to alleviate anxiety among these patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anxiety; Breast Cancer Patients; Surgery; Quality Of Life.
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Child Health
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Radiotherapy and Oncology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Surgery
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 07:14
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 07:14

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