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Hot Flashes and Quality of Life among Breast Cancer Patients

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Annual summary, 21 Jul 2004-20 Jul 2005

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This ongoing longitudinal study examines hot flashes and Quality of Life QoL in breast cancer BC patients undergoing initial treatment, and develops a taxonomy of the medical and Complementary and Alternative Medicine CAM interventions used by them. Women are assessed for hot flash intensityfrequency, use of medical and CAM interventions, emotional distress, physical and social functioning, and QoL at diagnosis and at 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 months. To date, 106 women have been recruited to the study. Preliminary analysis of baseline descriptive data is available. The sample is primarily middle-aged M 52 years R 28-81 years, Caucasian 86.6, has some college education 85, and is married 71.7. Most women 76.5 report no hot flashes at baseline and only 25 report that they have experienced hot flashes in the preceding 12 months. Baseline distress scores using the Hopkins Symptom Checklist were moderate M 43, and almost half the sample 47.5 exceeded criteria for elevated distress. Baseline distress was related to age, with younger women demonstrating higher distress levels r -.28, p .005. Of women currently experiencing hot flashes, 51 report having used hormone replacement therapy HRT and 26.7 report having used exercise to control them. At baseline, use of CAM products was rare, with 14.3 of women reporting use, most commonly flaxseed 5.1. Almost 70 of the women report taking vitamin supplements 11.1 report taking dietary supplements, such as soy products and lycopene and 21.2 report engaging in alternative therapies, most commonly relaxation techniques 11.1 and massage therapy 7.1.

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  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Pharmacology

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