Changes in health- related quality of life and psychosocial well-being of breast cancer survivors: Findings from a group- based intervention program in Malaysia

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Background: There is a lack of evidence on the effectiveness of multifaceted group-based interventions to improve psychological well-being and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of breast cancer (BCa) survivors in Malaysia. This study is aimed at assessing the effectiveness of such intervention program among the BCa survivors. Materials and Methods: This was a group-based intervention program with pre- and post-test design, carried out among BCa survivors (n=37) who were members of Breast Cancer Support Group Centre, Johor Bahru. A validated self-administered questionnaire was used to assess the impact of the program on psychosocial well-being and HRQOL of the participants. Results: The mean age of BCa survivors was 58.1 years (SD=9.7), with mean age at diagnosis of 49.9 years (SD=9.6). Majority of them were of Chinese ethnicity, married and had secondary level education, but were unemployed. More than 86% of them were diagnosed to have early BCa diagnosis and have since completed the treatment. There were significant decreases in median depression (p=0.001), anxiety (p < 0.001) and stress (p < 0.001) scores at post-intervention. More than 85% of the participants rated themselves to have a good or very good QOL at post-intervention, as opposed to 75.9% at pre-intervention. Significant improvements in several HR-QOL domain scores were seen, with psychological score improving the most (p < 0.001), followed by social relationship (p=0.002) and physical health (p=0.004). Conclusions: Group-based multifaceted intervention can be a viable solution to improve psychosocial well-being of BCa survivors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1809-1815
Number of pages7
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • Breast cancer survivors
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Multi-faceted intervention
  • Psychosocial

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