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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Breast Surgical Oncology

Advisor

Dr. Tom Colletti

Abstract

Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer and the effects of the resulting treatment can significantly impact patients’ quality of life. The purpose of this literature review is to assess the role of breast cancer support groups on quality of life measures for breast cancer patients. Based on the reviewed literature, participation in a support group regardless of patient demographics, breast cancer stage, treatment type or group format, frequency, or length, can result in positive impacts on quality of life measures. While some formats may produce greater benefit on specific quality of life domains for certain patients, the findings support that any patient could garner benefit from any format of support group offering available to them through their treatment facility, other local offerings, or online. Based on these findings, providers should consider including support group participation within patients’ treatment plans as a proactive measure to support improving quality of life during and after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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