Author(s): Sevda Bag
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. We aim to evaluate to the difference between depression anxiety, hopelessness levels and to show the importance of psychiatric treatment and psychological support and the difference between the quality of life of patients with breast cancer.
Method: Fifty patients who signed the consent form were included in the study group. A sociodemographic data form was given to the patient and control groups during the first interview. Beck Anxiety Scale, Beck Depression Scale, World Health Organization Quality Of Life-Short Form Turkish Version (WHOQOL-BREF-TR), and Beck Hopelessness Scale were applied to the patient and control groups at the end of the first interview. Psychosocial support was provided at the 2nd and 3rd interviews, and the scales were re-applied at the end of the 6th month and the difference was evaluated.
Results: In the case group, Wool Brief physical area, mental area, and environmental area score are increased (p>0.05) and Whool Brief social area score did not differ significantly (p>0.05) and the rate of being anxious at the 6th month after treatment declined significantly (p>0.05) the rate of dissatisfaction with the body, at the 6th month after the treatment, showed a substantial decrease (p>0.05) compared to the pre-treatment.
Discussion and conclusion: Our study showed the close association between psychiatric treatment and severity of quality of life and hopelessness. The only goal in cancer treatment is not to eliminate the disease, but to increase the quality of life by reducing post-treatment morbidity.