Coping behavior strategies and quality of life in women having breast cancer under the favorable and unfavorable course of the disease

Abstract

Studies of psychological particularities and quality of life in breast cancer patients remain relevant as of today. Particularities of their coping with the difficult life situation have to be taken into account to improve quality of life in cancer patients and the probability of their convalescence and survival. The objective of this research is to find out the relationship between coping behavior strategies and quality of life as a predictive indicator of the favorable disease course in female breast cancer patients. As a result of the research conducted, the quality of life in women having the unfavorable course of the disease has been found to be significantly lower than that in female breast cancer patients in remission. Alongside this, associations between quality of life indicators with the following coping behavior strategies have been found: escape-avoidance, exercising self-control, accepting responsibility, seeking social support, distancing. The obtained results require attention on the part of social and psychological services and on the part of oncologists, because the overall quality of life indicator is related to the survival forecast and associated with coping behavior strategies.

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