Study of the effects of group counseling on quality of sexual life of patients with breast cancer under chemotherapy at Imam Khomeini Hospital - Journal of Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences
Volume 16, Number 54 (Oct 2006)                   J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci 2006, 16(54): 43-51 | Back to browse issues page


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Heravi Karimovi M, Pourdehqan M, Jadid Milani M, Foroutan S, Aieen F. Study of the effects of group counseling on quality of sexual life of patients with breast cancer under chemotherapy at Imam Khomeini Hospital. J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci. 2006; 16 (54) :43-51
URL: http://jmums.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-133-en.html

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Background and purpose: Regarding the importance of quality of sexual life in patients with cancer especially breast cancer, and because of controversy on the impact of counseling on QOL promotion in such patients, this study was performed at cancer Institute of Imam Khomeini hospital Tehran, in 2004, to determine the effects of group counseling on QOSL of patients with breast cancer treated with chemotherapy.
Materials and Methods: In this randomized clinical trial, 114 women 25-55 years old undergoing chemotherapy due to breast cancer and with the history of mastectomy were studied in two groups: control group (Standard care n=63) and case group (standard care+ counseling n= 51). Five sessions of counseling were performed for case group and QOSL of patients were measured at start and end of the study by standard questionnaire (QLQ-Br 23).
Results: Results revealed that group counseling promoted these items: body image, sexual function and sexual enjoyment. QOSL of such patients were improved by means of group counseling (p<0.001).
Conclusion: Regarding the results of the study, group counseling program can be recommended as an effective approach in QOSL promotion in such clients.
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