For women treated for breast cancer, health intervention program improves quality of life

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According to a new study by researchers at Queensland University of Technology and The Wesley Hospital in Queensland, Australia, women treated for breast cancer improved their quality of life after participating in a specially designed post-treatment intervention program.

The researchers received feedback from focus groups that suggested that women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer can feel overwhelmed by the amount of information and advice they have received and uncertain about the best approaches to aid them in optimizing their health.

The study, which was known as the Pink Women's Wellness Program, involved face-to-face consultations with nursing specialists, goal setting, and health education tailored to the individual patient. These interventions were designed to help women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer to better understand the information provided to them, and to support them with a plan to determine the best choices to improve their health.

Women who participated in the program reported clinically significant reductions in distressing menopausal symptoms at 12 weeks. In addition, participating women reported improvements in their physical and functional quality of life.

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Women treated for breast cancer improved their quality of life after participating in post-treatment intervention.

A study by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) health researchers in collaboration with The Wesley Hospital Kim Walters Choices Program has found that women treated for breast cancer improved their quality of life after completing a specially designed post-treatment health intervention program.

Lead researcher Professor Debra Anderson, from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, today (10 October) outlined the findings of The Pink Women's Wellness Program pilot study at a Kim Walters Choices Program (Choices) fundraising Pink High Tea held at Brisbane's Treasury Heritage Hotel. Choices Clinical Nurse Manager, Janine Porter-Steele, also announced that The Pink Women's Wellness Program would be incorporated into Choices' support services from next year.

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