University of Twente Student Theses

Login

The late effects of breast cancer treatment up to five years and associated primary care use

Beldhuis, E.A.M. (2018) The late effects of breast cancer treatment up to five years and associated primary care use.

[img] PDF
2MB
Abstract:Breast cancer has the highest prevalence of all types of cancer. With increase in incidence and survival, more women live with the consequences of their breast cancer treatment. Currently, there is no complete overview of all the possible late effects. The goal of this research is to gain insight in patient-reported late effects of breast cancer patients up to five years after treatment and associated use of primary care. Among 876 female breast cancer patients who were diagnosed between 2012 and 2016 in the Netherlands (age>18), a 17-item questionnaire was distributed. The outcome measures were physical and psychosocial complaints and associated primary care use. Out of all the requested patients, 408 (41%) responded. Out of all reported complaints, tiredness (65%), memory/concentration problems (44%) and menopause complaints (40%) had the highest prevalence. Bone fractures, stomach complaints (58%), skin problems and chest pain (both 50%) had the highest extent associated use of primary care. Chemotherapy was the most common cause for complaints and affected sensitivity complaints the most (OR 2.53, CI: 1.68-3.83). The presence of comorbidities affected the use of primary care the most. Patients experienced many complaints but did not often use associated primary care. Different variables had different effects on having a complaint or using associated primary care. These effects could be used for giving information to patients about their treatment in the early stadium of their treatment trajectory.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:44 medicine
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/76241
Export this item as:BibTeX
EndNote
HTML Citation
Reference Manager

 

Repository Staff Only: item control page