The psychosocial impact of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): a longitudinal prospective study.

KENNEDY, Fiona, HARCOURT, Diana, RUMSEY, Nichola and WHITE, Paul (2010). The psychosocial impact of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): a longitudinal prospective study. The Breast, 19 (5), 382-387.

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DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer, increasingly detected through routine breast screening. Patients are reassured that the condition is early and not life-threatening but they undergo surgery similar to that used in the treatment of invasive breast cancer (IBC). Little research has explored the psychosocial impact of DCIS, especially in the UK. A longitudinal, prospective study was therefore conducted to address this gap. Fifty women newly diagnosed with DCIS were followed over the first year post-diagnosis. Anxiety and depression significantly reduced from baseline to 6 months. Body image distress was relatively stable, but extensive for some women. Those undergoing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction experienced significantly greater body image concerns. This study highlights that DCIS patients can experience psychosocial distress that is often transient but in some cases extensive and prolonged. Appropriate psychosocial support is needed to help DCIS patients adjust to the diagnosis, its treatment and long-term implications.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Page Range: 382-387
Depositing User: Fiona Kennedy
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2011 16:52
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 00:01

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