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Quality of Life and Prolonged Symptoms in Korean Breast Cancer Survivors

Authors
 Min Kyeong Jang  ;  Sue Kim  ;  Chang Gi Park  ;  Eileen G Collins  ;  Lauretta T Quinn  ;  Carol Estwing Ferrans 
Citation
 CANCER NURSING, Vol.45(1) : E124-E133, 2022-01 
Journal Title
CANCER NURSING
ISSN
 0162-220X 
Issue Date
2022-01
MeSH
Breast Neoplasms* ; Cancer Survivors* ; Cross-Sectional Studies ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Quality of Life ; Republic of Korea / epidemiology ; Surveys and Questionnaires ; Survivors
Abstract
Background: A culture of serious overwork in South Korea, more than other developed countries, may impact symptoms and quality of life (QOL) experienced by Korean breast cancer survivors (BCS).

Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine health-related QOL and influencing factors in BCS in Seoul, Korea, who have recovered from treatment for at least 1 year and returned to normal life and work.

Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 199 BCS completed a self-administered questionnaire in Seoul, Korea.

Results: Mean QOL scores were lower than expected, with 49% of the variance explained by depressive symptoms, physical fatigability, cognitive impairment, and social support. Psychological distress was high (67.8%), along with anxiety (47.2%) and depressive symptoms (36.7%). Participants reported a high prevalence of physical fatigability (71.1%), sleeping an average of only 6 hours per night, with 58.9% reporting poor quality sleep.

Conclusions: Quality of life was lower in Korean BCS than comparable studies in the United States, although participants received care at a premiere medical center. Depressive symptoms and anxiety were common and did not taper off over the 5 years after diagnosis, unlike BCS elsewhere. Korean survivors experienced significant physical fatigability, much higher than reported in a US study of mixed male and female cancer survivors. Overwork was not a significant predictor of QOL, although 30% of employed women reported working 45 to 90 hours weekly.

Implications for practice: Findings demonstrate the importance of continued efforts to mitigate these symptoms in clinical survivorship care, as well as future research, to provide avenues for improving QOL for BCS, particularly in Korea.
Full Text
https://journals.lww.com/cancernursingonline/Fulltext/2022/01000/Quality_of_Life_and_Prolonged_Symptoms_in_Korean.24.aspx
DOI
10.1097/NCC.0000000000000894
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Sue(김수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3785-2445
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/188448
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