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Sexuality disorders after mastectomy due to breast cancer

V Bencová, V Bella, J Svec
BACKGROUNDS: Modified radical mastectomy (MRM) and breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy, quadrantectomy - BCS) have shown equivalent clinical outcome in early stage breast cancer. On the other hand, quality of life and, probably, survival time of these patients are negatively influenced by fear of cancer recurrence, leading to episodes of anxiety, depression, and frustration, and, subsequently, physical, marital, sexual, and social functioning disorders. The aim of the present study was to analyze the dynamics and qualitative changes in psychosocial morbidity outcomes in breast cancer survivors one and three years after MRM versus BCS...
2011: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
D N Christensen
The evidence suggests that medical treatment of breast cancer produces psychosocial trauma in both the patient and her husband due to the loss of the breast and/or physical disfigurement. This study evaluated the effects of a structured couples treatment program on the psychosocial discomfort following a mastectomy. Twenty couples were randomly assigned to experimental and control conditions and were administered an assessment battery before and after treatment that measured change in marital happiness, sexual satisfaction, depression, self-esteem, helplessness, anxiety, alienation, and emotional discomfort...
1983: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
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