Psychological assessment of women on an early breast screening program after radiotherapy to the chest wall for childhood cancer

Tumori. Jul-Aug 2008;94(4):568-73.


Aims and background: This study investigates the psychological status in a population of female patients who received chest irradiation for a childhood cancer and were screened for second primary breast cancer.

Methods: Sixty-eight consecutive such young women were included. Compilation of the Crown-Crisp Index questionnaire was requested and 49/68 patients accepted to fill it in; 14 women in the sample had children (28%).

Results: Twenty-seven of 49 patients achieved a normal score, whereas in 22 the score was slightly above the normal range in at least one scale. Pathological scores were more frequent among the women without children.

Conclusion: Quality of life in this series of long-term survivors does not seem to be severely affected by previous treatment for cancer nor by the concern for the onset of a second primary malignancy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms / etiology
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / etiology
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / psychology*
  • Quality of Life
  • Radiotherapy / adverse effects*
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Survivors
  • Thoracic Wall / radiation effects*