Quality of Life and Depressive Signs and Symptoms of the Elderly Women with Breast Cancer

  • Nathacha Adriela Lima de Carvalho UFPI
  • Maria do Livramento Fortes Figueiredo UFPI
  • Chrystiany Plácido de Brito Vieira UFPI
  • Jaqueline Carvalho e Silva Sales UFPI
  • Maria Helena Barros Araújo Luz UFPI
  • Lídya Tolstenko Nogueira UFPI
  • Anderson Zampier Ulbrich UFPI
  • Fernando Jose Guedes da Silva Júnior Universidade Federal do Piauí
  • Claudete Ferreira de Souza Monteiro UFPI


Background: Breast cancer is an event that affects woman physically and psychologically. The treatment can cause distress for women and contribute for the appearance of depression. Objective: To investigate the association of depressive signs and symptoms with the quality of life of elderly women with breast cancer. Method: An analytical, cross-sectional study with 52 elderly. There were applied home interviews using tool for socio-demographic data and family support, Geriatric Depression Scale questionnaire and World Health Organization Quality of Life-Bref. For analysis, there was applied the chi-square test for comparison and association of binary logistic regression analysis. Results: 30.8% of participants had depressive signs and symptoms. The areas most committed to the participants were the Physical and Environmental. There was no association between the domains and the presence of depressive symptoms. Conclusion: Regarding the perceptions of elderly women with breast cancer about quality of life and satisfaction with health. There were observed significant differences between the groups with and without depressive symptoms for good and satisfied perceptions.

Aug 22, 2016
How to Cite
CARVALHO, Nathacha Adriela Lima de et al. Quality of Life and Depressive Signs and Symptoms of the Elderly Women with Breast Cancer. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, aug. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://www.imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1772>. Date accessed: 07 may 2021.
Psychiatry & Mental Health


Nursing; Old People; Breast Neoplasms; Quality of Life; Depression.

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