Depression, Anxiety and Sexual Satisfaction in Breast Cancer Patients and their Partners-Izmir Oncology Group Study

  • Alacacioglu, Ahmet ;
  • Ulger, Eda ;
  • Varol, Umut ;
  • Yildiz, Ibrahim ;
  • Salman, Tarik ;
  • Bayoglu, Vedat ;
  • Dirican, Ahmet ;
  • Demir, Lutfiye ;
  • Akyol, Murat ;
  • Yildiz, Yasar ;
  • Kucukzeybek, Yuksel ;
  • Ataman, Gorkem ;
  • Can, Huseyin ;
  • Alacacioglu, Inci ;
  • Tarhan, Mustafa Oktay
  • Published : 2015.01.22


Background: We aimed to investigate anxiety, depression and sexual satisfaction levels and the effects of depression and anxiety upon the sexual satisfaction of Turkish breast cancer patients and their partners. Materials and Methods: Data were collected from one hundred breast cancer patients and their partners, using three forms: one covering information about socio-demographic characteristics of the patients, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADs) and the Golombok-Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS). Results: The frequencies, avoidance and touch subscores were statistically significantly high in the patients. Among those with high anxiety scores, the frequency, communication, satisfaction, touch, and anorgasmic subscale scores of GRISS were found to be significantly high. Among the partners whose anxiety scores were high, only the premature ejaculation subscale was statistically significant. It was determined that for partners with higher depression scores, the communication, satisfaction, avoidance, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction subscores of GRISS were statistically higher compared to partners with lower depression scores. Conclusions: Patients' quality of life may be increased by taking precautions to reduce their and their partners' psychosocial and psychosexual concerns.


Depression;anxiety;sexual satisfaction;breast cancer;Turkey


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