Menopausal symptoms, sexual function, depression, and quality of life in Korean patients with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy
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The purpose of this study was to study the relationships among menopausal symptoms, sexual function, depression, and quality of life in women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.
Two hundred women participated in this cross-sectional study. Data were collected with the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS), Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II), and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy—Breast Cancer (FACT-B). Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-tests, ANOVA, Scheffe’s test, and Pearson product moment correlations using SPSS v. 20.
Participants had alterations in menopausal symptoms and sexual function, and were depressed with a decreased quality of life. These factors are known to influence satisfaction with family support (p < 0.05) and sexual relationships (p < 0.05).
Nurses should provide education to women with breast cancer on their sexual issues and encourage them to attend family support programs. They should also encourage family members to be proactive in addressing menopausal and depressive symptoms in these women with a goal to enhance their sexual functioning and quality of life.
KeywordsBreast cancer Menopausal symptoms Sexual function Depression Quality of life Nursing
Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have full control of all primary data, and they agree to allow the journal to review their data if requested.
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