Investigation of anxiety, depression and sexual life quality in women with thediagnosis of breast cancer

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Güven E., Altay B.

Hacettepe Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi Dergisi, vol.12, no.1, pp.53-59, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Purpose: The aim is to analyze anxiety, depression,
and quality of life in women diagnosed with breast
Materials and methods: The universe of this study
consisted of 240 women aged between 18-and 65
who were diagnosed with breast cancer. The study
sample consisted of 180 female patients with breast
cancer who accepted to participate in the study. The
data were collected by using the "Personal
Information Form", "Hospital Anxiety and
Depression Scale," and "Sexual Life Quality Scale".
In evaluating data, percentage, mean, Kruskal
Wallis, Mann Whitney U, and Correlation analyzes
were used.
Results: The mean age of the patients with breast
cancer was 52 years; 50% were primary school
graduates, 21,1% worked, and 66,1% were middle
income. 10.6% of patients had significant anxiety,
and 13.9% had significant depression. Anxiety is
affected by the status of income, type of place of
residence, whether to have surgery, perception type
of health status, and whether or not to receive
radiotherapy (p<0,05). Depression was affected by
the type of place of residence, perception type of
health status, and whether or not to receive
radiotherapy (p<0,05). It was found that sexual
quality of life was affected by place, breast cancer in
the family, and perception type of health status.
However, the quality of sexual life of the patients
was good (p<0,05).
Conclusions: There was a statistically significant
negative correlation between the Hospital Anxiety
and Depression Scale's mean total score of the
Sexual Life Quality Scale (p<0,05). As anxiety and
depression increased, the quality of sexual life
Keywords: Anxiety, breast cancer, depression,
quality of sexual life.