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Breast cancer and symptom clusters during radiotherapy

In CANCER NURSING
Contributor(s): Sousa KH | Cook PF | Schmiege SJ | ellyn.matthews@ucdenver.edu | Matthews EE.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Vol 35 Issues 2.Publisher: 2012Description: E1-E11.Subject(s): Radiotherapy | Symptoms | Breast cancer | DDC classification: In: CANCER NURSINGSummary: BACKGROUND: Symptom clusters assessment shifts the clinical focus from a specific symptom to the patient's experience as a whole. Few studies have examined breast cancer symptom clusters during treatment, and fewer studies have addressed symptom clusters during radiation therapy (RT). The theoretical underpinning of this study is the Symptoms Experience Model. Research is needed to identify antecedents and consequences of cancer-related symptom clusters. OBJECTIVE: The present study was intended to determine the clustering of symptoms during RT in women with breast cancer and significant correlations among the symptoms, individual characteristics, and mood. METHODS: A secondary data analysis from a descriptive correlational study of 93 women at weeks 3 to 7 of RT from centers in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, Symptom Distress Scale, the subscales of the Positive and Negative Affect Scale, Life Orientation Test, and Self-transcendence Scale were completed. RESULTS: Confirmatory factor
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BACKGROUND: Symptom clusters assessment shifts the clinical focus from a specific symptom to the patient's experience as a whole. Few studies have examined breast cancer symptom clusters during treatment, and fewer studies have addressed symptom clusters during radiation therapy (RT). The theoretical underpinning of this study is the Symptoms Experience Model. Research is needed to identify antecedents and consequences of cancer-related symptom clusters.

OBJECTIVE: The present study was intended to determine the clustering of symptoms during RT in women with breast cancer and significant correlations among the symptoms, individual characteristics, and mood.

METHODS: A secondary data analysis from a descriptive correlational study of 93 women at weeks 3 to 7 of RT from centers in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, Symptom Distress Scale, the subscales of the Positive and Negative Affect Scale, Life Orientation Test, and Self-transcendence Scale were completed.

RESULTS: Confirmatory factor

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