Assessment of life quality factors by breast cancer patients

M. Pranka, A. Dzervite, R. Rungule, T. Lace, E. Miklasevics, J. Gardovskis

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The aim of the article is to present the results of a sociological investigation with the aim to analyze the research data on subjective and objective life quality factors for breast cancer patients and to discover the key factors influencing quality of life the most at the start of treatment. To achieve this goal a survey of 300 breast cancer patients recently having undergone a mastectomy was conducted at the Pauls Stradins Clinical University hospital. The questionnaire covered an array of social factors and a set of standardized life quality indicators. The quantitative data was supplemented with qualitative material from 14 in-depth interviews. The results showed that breast cancer patients, at the beginning of treatment, evaluated their quality of life mainly average or good. The primary factors negatively influencing quality of life were insubstantial finances, inadequate social and emotional support at the first weeks after diagnosis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSHS Web of Conferences
Subtitle of host publication4th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference SOCIETY, HEALTH, WELFARE
EditorsP.L. Vilka
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-7598-1639-2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event4th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare" - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 22 Nov 201223 Nov 2012
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameSHS Web of Conferences
ISSN (Print)2261-2424


Conference4th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare"
Abbreviated titleSHW

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine
  • 3.1 Basic medicine

Publication Type*

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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