Socio-economic impact on women diagnosed and treated for breast cancer: a cross-sectional study

J. Masià, Merchán-Galvis, K. Salas, C. Requeijo, E. Cánovas, M. J. Quintana, X. Bonfill, Jaume Masià Ayala, Xavier Bonfill Cosp, M. Jesús Quintana Ruiz, Carolina Requeijo Lorenzo, Karla Salas Gama, Esther Cánovas Martínez, Agustí Barnadas Molins, Bárbara García Valdecasas Vilanova, Antonio Moral Duarte, Gemma Pons Playa, Josep Isern Verdum, M. Josefa Fuentes Raspall, Elena Rodríguez BauzaMagdalena Ciendones Carbonell, Ángela Merchán Galvis

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© 2019, Federación de Sociedades Españolas de Oncología (FESEO). Introduction: The increase in breast cancer survival poses a challenge for patients to be able to rejoin their professional and social life in very similar conditions to those before diagnosis. The aim of this study is to assess short- and medium-term social, economic and professional impact of BC among women diagnosed with it. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study using QLQ-C30, QLQ-BR23, and MOS-SSS instruments and a semi-structured interview in women diagnosed in years 2011, 2014, and 2016 in Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona (Spain). Results: 175 patients were included with a mean age of 55. About 62.8% were married or coupled, 76% were living with their family unit, and 52.6% denied changes in their living situation. The mean Support Global Index was 74.7% and 78.8% before and after diagnosis, respectively. The mean global quality of life (QOL) was 67.3%, outstanding insomnia as the main symptom (X > 30%) and sexual function as the most affected dimension. At the moment of diagnosis, two-thirds of patients were working. After diagnosis, 87.5% stopped working, 39.4% were off work for 7–12 months, and only 50% returned to work. Multivariate analysis identified working as the most associated variable with a good QOL. Conclusions: QOL among women diagnosed with breast cancer is quite high and stable. Nevertheless, there are some very relevant aspects to QOL that need to be considered whilst caring for patients with BC to achieve rehabilitation as complete and comprehensive as possible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1736-1745
Number of pages10
JournalClinical and Translational Oncology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • Breast neoplasms
  • Quality of life
  • Social support
  • Socioeconomic analysis
  • WORK


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