Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
MAJEWSKI, Juliana Machado; LOPES, Aline Daniela Fernandes; DAVOGLIO, Tárcia and LEITE, José Carlos de Carvalho. Quality of life of women recovering from breast cancer after being subjected to mastectomies compared with those who had conservative surgery: a review of the literature. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.3, pp.707-716. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000300017.
This study reviews the literature on the quality of life (QoL) of women with breast cancer who have been subjected to mastectomy, compared with those who had conservative surgery. Eight random controlled trials were selected. The studies were compared with respect to the moment quality of life was assessed (whether during or after treatment for breast cancer), the measurement tools of quality of life used, and also the methodology and results achieved. The results of four studies suggest a stronger negative impact in the QoL of mastectomized women; the other four studies showed no difference between the groups in terms of QoL. Objective measurements of quality of life may help identify potentially critical situations of daily life and assist in planning actions to promote health among women who have been subjected to breast cancer surgery.
Keywords : Breast cancer; Mastectomy; Quality of life.