QUALITY OF LIFE AND SOCIAL SUPPORT AMONG BREAST CANCER PATIENTS IN MALAYSIA

  • Fatimah Sham Faculty of Health Science, Puncak Alam Campus, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 42300 Malaysia
  • Normala Salim Faculty of Health Science, Puncak Alam Campus, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 42300 Malaysia
  • Nor Hafizatul Akma Shohor Faculty of Health Science, Puncak Alam Campus, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 42300 Malaysia
  • Siti Fatimah Zahra Mohd Anuar Clinical Research Centre, National Cancer Institute, 62250 Putrajaya, Malaysia
  • Ain Aqiela Azamuddin National Institutes of Health, Setia Alam 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Norziah Aman Nursing Unit, Hospital Putrajaya, 62250 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Keywords: Breast Cancer, Quality of life, Social Support

Abstract

Cancer incidence and mortality are rapidly growing worldwide, and Breast Cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in Malaysia. Social support is an important aspect of the Quality of Life (QoL) as it affects the psychological well-being and health of the patients. The aim of this study is to assess the quality of life and relationship of QoL with social support among female patients with diagnosed Breast Cancer. This is a cross-sectional study involving 259 female patients with diagnosed Breast Cancer from the outpatient unit of the National Cancer Institute, Malaysia. The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30) and its breast-specific module (QLQ-BR23) measured QoL and social support by using Perceived Social Support (MPSS) questionnaires. The data was analysed using SPSS version 25.0. The result of this study found that women with Breast Cancer in Malaysia had an excellent global quality of life in which they were able to achieve the highest score in their role and physical function. The result also showed a high rate of social support especially supports from family. There was a positive relationship between QoL and social support (rs: 0.25) generally with a p-value less than 0.05. Therefore, effective measures need to be taken and implemented concerning improving the QoL of Breast Cancer patients.

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Published
2022-04-28
How to Cite
Fatimah Sham, Normala Salim, Nor Hafizatul Akma Shohor, Siti Fatimah Zahra Mohd Anuar, Ain Aqiela Azamuddin, & Norziah Aman. (2022). QUALITY OF LIFE AND SOCIAL SUPPORT AMONG BREAST CANCER PATIENTS IN MALAYSIA. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 22(1), 154-163. https://doi.org/10.37268/mjphm/vol.22/no.1/art.1077