Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Oncology

2 Breast Cancer Study Group, Department of Radiotherapy Oncology

3 Breast Cancer Study Group, Department of Surgery

4 Breast Cancer Study Group, Department of Pathology, Seied-o-Shohada Hospital

5 Breast Cancer Study Group, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine

6 Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


Introduction: The prevalence of breast cancer among women in compare to other types of
cancers in all over the world and in Iran is high. Mastectomy surgery is one of the common
treatments for these patients. Another method, which is less invasive, is Lumpectomy. This
study comprised the satisfaction of patients under two types of surgery; Mastectomy and
Lumpectomy. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, two types of patients which
had either, Mastectomy or Lumpectomy, were studied. Results: From 119 patients which studied
here, 80 patients (66.7%) were treated by mastectomy and 39 patients (32.5%) were treated
under lumpectomy. Two groups had not significant differences in duration between diagnostic
and surgery, the number of lymph nodes involved and the number of lymph nodes removed.
Lumpectomy patients had higher pain and numbness in 24 h, 1 week after surgery and at the time
of study than the other group. The observed difference was significant (P = 0.043). Discussion:
It is implied in previous studies that patients under lumpectomy had more satisfaction than
patients under mastectomy. However, no differences were observed in quality-of-life between
the two groups in some other studies. The differences between various studies might be for the
sake of cultural variety and time interval between surgery and filling questionnaire.


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