EORTC Study

28 February 2018

Purpose

In association with the Quality of Life Group (QLG) of the European Organisation for Research into Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), the purpose of this study was to develop a measure, which could be used in the future to investigate the quality of life of women undergoing or having undergone different types of breast reconstruction.

Scientific Title

Phase 4 – An international field study of the Reliability and Validity of an EORTC breast reconstruction questionnaire to assess quality of life in all types of breast reconstruction.

Background

Breast reconstruction has shown important consequences on psychological well-being, quality of life, and the ability to cope with the negative emotional and psychological impact that is associated with a mastectomy. In association with the Quality of Life Group of the European Organisation for Research into Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), Waikato surgeons assisted with the development of a questionnaire to be used in the future to evaluate the quality of life of women undergoing different types and timings of breast reconstruction. This research was coordinated through the University of Bristol, England, and will enroll 360 women from around the world.

Results

This study confirmed the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) questionnaire as valid for evaluating quality of life and satisfaction after breast reconstruction.

Publication

Z.E. Winters et al. International validation of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ-BRECON23 quality-of-life questionnaire for women undergoing breast reconstruction. British Journal of Surgery. Feb, 2018: 105 (3): 209-222.