Hong Kong Med J 2014;20(Suppl 7):S9-12
Psychosocial and physical outcomes after surgery for breast cancer: a 5-to-6-year follow-up
R Fielding, WWT Lam
Centre for Psycho-oncology Research & Training, Department of Community Medicine & Unit for Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong
Psychosocial morbidity can persist for many years following breast cancer surgery. Most women make a reasonable recovery. Close supportive social relationships are beneficial, although a residual impact on women’s body image and perceived sexuality persists. Residual treatment symptoms are significant barriers to resuming normal life for these women.