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Vol 9, No 1 (2011)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2011-11-18
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Self-acceptance after a breast reduction — informative support

Marta Makara-Studzińska, Agnieszka J. Kowalska
Seksuologia Polska 2011;9(1):16-21.

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Vol 9, No 1 (2011)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2011-11-18

Abstract

Introduction. Relation between a doctor and a patient is a very important element of the treatment process. Nowadays the need to enrich the medical knowledge of doctors with some elements of psychology and behavioral medicine is perceived more and more often. Patients after mastectomy feel anxiety, are lost and convinced about their physical unattractiveness. Sexuality is a very important component of quality of life of women suffering from nipple tumor, because female breast is extremely strongly associated with physical attractiveness and femininity. Therefore each woman requires an individual approach, depending on their personal skills to cope in the situation of illness and their level of self-acceptance after a breast reduction.
Material and methods. 120 women with diagnosed breast cancer took part in survey researchers. Verification of statistical hypotheses based on the test of independence χ2 was applied in the statistical analysis. Significance of differences between research results was observed at the level p ≤ 0,05. Research results were developed by means of STATISTICA program.
Results. 93% of women with diagnosed breast cancer wanted to be informed about their health condition and expected from a doctor an explanation concerning the conducted treatment. The statistically significant correlation between assessment of the information reported by a doctor, regarding the possibility of occurrence of side effects of medicines used as well as the nature of adverse effects and hormonal therapy in women as a form of a supplemental treatment (p = 0.038458) has been estimated.
Conclusions. Results of researches conducted all over the world pointed out, that demand on informative support, covering knowledge about disease, treatment, prognosis, side effects, possibilities of recurrence and chance for reconstruction of the reduced breast gland is significant.
Polish Sexology 2011; 9 (1): 16–21

Abstract

Introduction. Relation between a doctor and a patient is a very important element of the treatment process. Nowadays the need to enrich the medical knowledge of doctors with some elements of psychology and behavioral medicine is perceived more and more often. Patients after mastectomy feel anxiety, are lost and convinced about their physical unattractiveness. Sexuality is a very important component of quality of life of women suffering from nipple tumor, because female breast is extremely strongly associated with physical attractiveness and femininity. Therefore each woman requires an individual approach, depending on their personal skills to cope in the situation of illness and their level of self-acceptance after a breast reduction.
Material and methods. 120 women with diagnosed breast cancer took part in survey researchers. Verification of statistical hypotheses based on the test of independence χ2 was applied in the statistical analysis. Significance of differences between research results was observed at the level p ≤ 0,05. Research results were developed by means of STATISTICA program.
Results. 93% of women with diagnosed breast cancer wanted to be informed about their health condition and expected from a doctor an explanation concerning the conducted treatment. The statistically significant correlation between assessment of the information reported by a doctor, regarding the possibility of occurrence of side effects of medicines used as well as the nature of adverse effects and hormonal therapy in women as a form of a supplemental treatment (p = 0.038458) has been estimated.
Conclusions. Results of researches conducted all over the world pointed out, that demand on informative support, covering knowledge about disease, treatment, prognosis, side effects, possibilities of recurrence and chance for reconstruction of the reduced breast gland is significant.
Polish Sexology 2011; 9 (1): 16–21
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Keywords

breast cancer; informative support; self-acceptance

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Title

Self-acceptance after a breast reduction — informative support

Journal

Seksuologia Polska (Polish Sexology)

Issue

Vol 9, No 1 (2011)

Pages

16-21

Published online

2011-11-18

Bibliographic record

Seksuologia Polska 2011;9(1):16-21.

Keywords

breast cancer
informative support
self-acceptance

Authors

Marta Makara-Studzińska
Agnieszka J. Kowalska

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