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Does the weight of an external breast prosthesis play an important role for women who undergone mastectomy?

Katarzyna Hojan
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2020.04.015
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2020;25(4):574-578.

open access

Vol 25, No 4 (2020)
Original research articles
Published online: 2020-07-01
Submitted: 2020-01-06

Abstract

Aim

The aim of the study was an evaluation of daily functioning and activity in post-mastectomy women who use EBP, with particular focus on the weight of the prosthesis.

Background

There is a large group of breast cancer patients who need comprehensive care including professional help with EBP. Some researchers have reported the advantages and disadvantages of using EBPs in women who undergo mastectomy. Among the latter, dissatisfaction with the weight, comfort and movement of the prosthesis was identified.

Materials and methods

The study included 125 women who had undergone unilateral mastectomy. This was a survey with a self-constructed questionnaire which was administered to breast cancer women. In the second part, the author analyzed current objective studies about the implementation of EBP in body motion assessments.

Results

The analysis of the answers of the women studied showed that they used their first EBP about 6 months after mastectomy, and changed it every two years. The method of choosing EBP had a significant impact on satisfaction with EBP as well as on the prosthesis’ weight. Patients who chose EBP themselves were more satisfied with it. There was no statistically significant correlation between the age of the women studied and their satisfaction with the EBP or its weight and size.

Conclusion

EBP plays an important role in the satisfaction with daily functioning and activity of breast cancer women who have undergone unilateral mastectomy despite the fact that the weight of EBP is not an important factor in an objective analysis of body motions in many studies in this group of patients.

Abstract

Aim

The aim of the study was an evaluation of daily functioning and activity in post-mastectomy women who use EBP, with particular focus on the weight of the prosthesis.

Background

There is a large group of breast cancer patients who need comprehensive care including professional help with EBP. Some researchers have reported the advantages and disadvantages of using EBPs in women who undergo mastectomy. Among the latter, dissatisfaction with the weight, comfort and movement of the prosthesis was identified.

Materials and methods

The study included 125 women who had undergone unilateral mastectomy. This was a survey with a self-constructed questionnaire which was administered to breast cancer women. In the second part, the author analyzed current objective studies about the implementation of EBP in body motion assessments.

Results

The analysis of the answers of the women studied showed that they used their first EBP about 6 months after mastectomy, and changed it every two years. The method of choosing EBP had a significant impact on satisfaction with EBP as well as on the prosthesis’ weight. Patients who chose EBP themselves were more satisfied with it. There was no statistically significant correlation between the age of the women studied and their satisfaction with the EBP or its weight and size.

Conclusion

EBP plays an important role in the satisfaction with daily functioning and activity of breast cancer women who have undergone unilateral mastectomy despite the fact that the weight of EBP is not an important factor in an objective analysis of body motions in many studies in this group of patients.

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Keywords

Breast cancer; Mastectomy; Biomechanics; Prosthesis; Healthcare

About this article
Title

Does the weight of an external breast prosthesis play an important role for women who undergone mastectomy?

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 25, No 4 (2020)

Pages

574-578

Published online

2020-07-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2020.04.015

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2020;25(4):574-578.

Keywords

Breast cancer
Mastectomy
Biomechanics
Prosthesis
Healthcare

Authors

Katarzyna Hojan

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