Turkish hysterectomy and mastectomy patients - depression, body image, sexual problems and spouse relationships

Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2011;12(2):425-32.


The aim of this study was to compare hysterectomy and mastectomy patients in terms of depression, body image, sexual problems and spouse relations. The study group comprised 94 patients being treated in Ege University Radiation Oncology Clinic, Tulay Aktas Oncology Hospital, Izmir Aegean Obstetrics and Gynecology Training and Research Hospital for breast and gynecological cancer (42 patients underwent mastectomy, 52 patient underwent hysterectomy). Five scales were used in the study: Sociodemographic Data Form, Beck Depression Scale, Body Image Scale, Dyadic Adjustment Scale, Golombok Rust Sexual Functions Scale. Mastectomy patients were more depressive than hysterectomy patients (t = 2.78, p < 0.01). Body image levels of the patients were bad but there was no significant difference between the two patient groups (p > 0.05). Hysterectomy patients had more problems in terms of vaginismus (t = 2.32, p < 0.05), avoidance of sexual intercourse (t = 2.31, p < 0.05), communication (t = 2.06, p < 0.05), and frequency of sexual intercourse than mastectomy patients (t = 2.10, p < 0.05). As compared with compliance levels between patients and spouses; hysterectomy patients had more problems related to expression of emotions than mastectomy patients (t = 2.12, p < 0.05). In conclusion, body image was negative, mastectomy was associated with more depression and hysterectomy with greater sexual problems and difficulties with spouse relationships.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Body Image*
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Depression / psychology*
  • Female
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / psychology
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy / psychology*
  • Mastectomy / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / psychology*
  • Spouses / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires