Conclusion The findings suggest that overall breast cancer patients perceived benefit from their cancer treatment in long-term. However, patients reported problems with global quality of life, pain, arm symptoms and body image even after 18 months following their treatments. In addition, most of the functional scores did not improve.'/>

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Quality of life in patients with breast cancer before and after diagnosis: an eighteen months follow-up study

  • Ali Montazeri1, 2Email author,
  • Mariam Vahdaninia1,
  • Iraj Harirchi2,
  • Mandana Ebrahimi2,
  • Fatemeh Khaleghi2 and
  • Soghra Jarvandi2
BMC Cancer20088:330

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2407-8-330

Received: 29 July 2008

Accepted: 11 November 2008

Published: 11 November 2008

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29 Jul 2008 Submitted Original manuscript
20 Aug 2008 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Jutta Engel
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30 Sep 2008 Author responded Author comments - Mariam Vahdaninia
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30 Sep 2008 Submitted Manuscript version 2
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11 Nov 2008 Editorially accepted
11 Nov 2008 Article published 10.1186/1471-2407-8-330

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Authors’ Affiliations

Iranian Institute for Health Sciences Research (IHSR), ACECR
Iranian Centre for Breast Cancer (ICBC), ACECR