Effect of Fear of Covid-19 Infection on Functionality in Breast Cancer Patients in the Pandemic
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breast cancer
contamination
COVID-19
fear
functionality

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Akyuz Cim, E. F., Torlak, E., Unveren, G., Soybir, G. R. ., Ozmen, V., ErdoGan Iyigun, Z., Kayan Tapan, T., Yesilova, A., Alco, G., Yilmaz, E., Eyrenci, A., Elbuken, F., Ilgun, A. S., Duymaz, T., Ordu, C., & Pilanci, K. N. (2022). Effect of Fear of Covid-19 Infection on Functionality in Breast Cancer Patients in the Pandemic. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, 24(2). https://doi.org/10.32592/ircmj.2022.24.2.1495

Abstract

Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread rapidly across the globe through coughing, sneezing, droplet inhalation, and contact.

Objectives: The current study aimed to assess the impact of the fear of COVID-19 infection on functionality in women with breast cancer.

Methods: The present study included women with diagnosed breast cancer (n=75) under treatment in Istanbul Florence Nightingale Hospital and healthy (n=69) women( a total of 144 volunteers). The participants were asked to fill out the Sociodemographic Data Form, Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3 (ASI-3), and Fear of COVID-19 Scale to evaluate the impact of fear of infection and cleaning behavior due to COVID-19 on functionality.

Results: No statistically significant difference was found between the women with and without diagnosed breast cancer regarding the impact of fear of COVID-19 infection on all functionality parameters (all parameters: P>0.05). In the breast cancer group, the effect of Covid-15 anxiety and cleaning behavior on functionality performance was significantly higher in participants with underlying disease (P=0.044, P=0.013) and smoking (P=0.0234, P=0.0147).

Conclusion: As evidenced by the results of this study, smoking and the presence of comorbidity in breast cancer patients may have a negative effect on the functionality effect of fear of Covid-19 infection. In terms of psychiatric intervention, the parameters affected by functionality should be considered.

https://doi.org/10.32592/ircmj.2022.24.2.1495
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