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Min, Park, Lim, Park, Won, and Kim: A Study on Behaviors for Preventing Recurrence and Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors



This study was to identify behaviors preventing the recurrence of breast cancer and the level of quality of life.


This descriptive study was conducted using a structured questionnaire from November 1, 2006 to December 25, 2006 . One hundred and twenty two women breast cancer survivors were recruited by convenience sampling.


The most frequent behavior for preventing recurrence of the breast cancer was dietary treatment (90.9%) and exercise (86.8%) was the second behavior. In addition, most of them perceived these behaviors as 'very effective' (82.8%). The degree of the quality of life of a breast cancer survivor was 5.34 point indicating a 'medium level'.


Breast cancer survivors pursued various behaviors for preventing recurrence of breast cancer. Therefore, the nursing interventions should be focused on a systematic educational approach considering healthy behaviors to prevent breast cancer recurrence for breast cancer survivors.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
General Characteristics and Characteristics related to Disease of the Subjects

*Therapy by chemotherapy and radiation or by chemotherapy, radiation and hormone.

Table 2
Behavior Patterns for Preventing Recurrence of Breast Cancer

*Multiple response.

Table 3
Perceived Effectiveness and Expenditure of Behaviors for Preventing Recurrence of Breast Cancer

*Multiple response.

Table 4
Attitude about Behaviors for Preventing Recurrence of Breast Cancer
Table 5
Diet as a Behavior for Preventing Recurrence of Breast Cancer
Table 6
Exercise as a Behavior for Preventing Recurrence of Breast Cancer
Table 7
Management of Stress as a Behavior for Preventing Recurrence of Breast Cancer
Table 8
Quality of Life of the Subjects


This study was financially supported by Korea Breast Cancer Foundation in 2006.


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