Aim: To assess
the quality of Life in patients who had undergone mastectomy for Breast cancer.
Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted in the Out Patient of General
Surgery Department at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Islamabad from 01st
June to 31st December 2019. Written informed consent was obtained
from participants and questionnaire was used to assess physical, psychological,
social and spiritual well being along with the bio data of the patient. Data
was analyzed using SPSS version 20
total of 166 female participants with a mean age of 54.65±6.291 years were
included. Most were married (97.6%) and were housewives (93.9%). One hundred
and fourteen participants were diagnosed at stage 3 of the disease and vast
majority received chemotherapy along with mastectomy. Good physical well being
was reported by most with a mean score of 63.45±9.64. There was a moderate
psychological score for most patients with a mean score of 43.05±7.03. High
levels of personal distress and family distress were noticed. Spiritual wellbeing
was moderate (mean value 47.15±6.27) with 39.2% participants reporting drastic
changes in their spiritual life. High future uncertainty and massive financial
burden was also reported. There was significant correlation between duration
since treatment and physical wellbeing of the participants (p=0.003). However
no significant correlation was found between stage of carcinoma and extent of
fearfulness of future diagnostic tests.
of life, Mastectomy, Breast cancer.