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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2011;54(7):355-360.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5468/KJOG.2011.54.7.355    Published online July 1, 2011.
The association of social support and quality of life in gynecological cancer related of lymphedema in a hospital: a pilot study.
Hoe Saeng Yang, Kwan Lee, Do Sung Kim, Young Joo Sim, Ho Joong Jeong, Ghi Chan Kim, Won Gyu Kim
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dongguk University College of Medicine, Gyeongju, Korea.
2Department of Preventive Medicine, Dongguk University College of Medicine, Gyeongju, Korea.
3Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. oggum@hanmail.net
4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.
Abstract
OBJECTIVE
The aim of this study was to investigate the association of social support and quality of life in patients with gynecological cancer related lymphedema. METHODS: We interviewed to patients with gynecology related lymphedema (n=27) for psychosocial effects, economic affects by questionnaire that we developed. Short form-36 ver. 2 questionnaire was used to assess quality of life of the patients. Beck's depression index questionnaire was used to assess mood change of the patients. In addition, we identified support need for patients with gynecology cancer related lymphedema. Data were collected from 2009 to 2010. RESULTS: Patients with gynecology cancer related lymphedema have limitations to do lives such as activity of daily living, participate to leisure and exercise. Patients perceived symptoms were heaviness, limitation of range of motion, pain, weakness and feeling expansion in lower extremity. There was negative effect for financial status because of increase medical cost and decrease income. However, there was not affect to relationship with family. Half of the patients have some depression symptoms and there was significant decrease in quality of life such as especially, body pain and social functioning, compared to general population. CONCLUSION: Gynecological cancer related lymphedema have negative effect in quality of life, socioeconomic state and patients needed more social support. Therefore, more attention and social support for patients with gynecology cancer related lymhedema are needed.
Key Words: Quality of life, Social support, Lymphedema, Gynegology
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