Does Quality of Life Among Modified Radical Mastectomy and Breast Conservation Surgery Patients Differ? A 5-Year Comparative Study

  • Vivek Bhat
  • A. P. Roshini
  • Rakesh RameshEmail author
Original Article


Breast cancer is the most common cancer among females worldwide, of whom more than 80% survive for more than 5 years. Hence, ensuring a good quality of life (QOL) is essential to achieve holistic approach in treating patients. A cross-sectional study was conducted to compare the QOL in women who underwent modified radical mastectomy (MRM) and breast conservation surgery (BCS) for breast cancer in the last 5 years. QOL was evaluated based on the long-term quality of life–breast cancer (LTQOL–BC) questionnaire. A greater percentage of women who underwent MRM complained of difficulty in completing their house work compared with the BCS group (50% compared with 31%). Twenty-five percent (6) of the women who had undergone MRM reported feeling of being incomplete as women, along with a lack of femininity. However, more than 80% of the women in both groups said that they felt stronger as survivors and derived strength from their experience. There were significant differences in the quality of life of women from both groups in terms of physical function and body image, with the BCS group appearing to have a better QOL.


Quality of life Breast cancer Modified radical mastectomy Breast conservation surgery 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical approval was obtained from the Institutional Ethical Committee.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. John’s Medical College and HospitalBengaluruIndia
  2. 2.Department of Surgical OncologySt. John’s Medical College and HospitalBengaluruIndia

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