Qual Life Res (2018) 27:539–543 DOI 10.1007/s11136-017-1735-x BRIEF COMMUNICATION Mental health, loneliness, and illness perception outcomes in quality of life among young breast cancer patients after mastectomy: the role of breast reconstruction 1 2 2 2 Ioanna Fanakidou · Sofia Zyga · Victoria Alikari · Maria Tsironi · 2 2,3 John Stathoulis · Paraskevi Theofilou Accepted: 1 November 2017 / Published online: 8 November 2017 © Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2017 Abstract illness perceptions were associated with poor HRQoL for Purpose Το explore the relationship between mental health both groups. (depression, anxiety, and stress), loneliness, and illness per- Conclusions Breast reconstruction is not a panacea for ception with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in young patients in improving HRQoL. breast cancer patients, within a year after mastectomy, and to investigate the role of breast reconstruction. Keywords Breast cancer · Breast reconstruction · Methods Eighty-one women with stage II breast can- Mastectomy · Quality of life cer—35 with breast reconstruction and 46 without breast reconstruction—completed the Missoula-VITAS Quality of Life Index-15, the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale 21, the Introduction UCLA Loneliness Scale, the Brief Illness Perception Ques- tionnaire, and a questionnaire with demographic and medi- Over the last decades, there have been a growing number cal information. Statistical analysis was performed
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