Risk factors for pain after mastectomy/lumpectomy

Janet Carpenter, Paul Sloan, Michael A. Andrykowski, Patrick McGrath, David Sloan, Tracy Rexford, Daniel Kenady

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PURPOSE: Careful study of risk factors that predispose an individual to developing postmastectomy pain (PMP) after breast cancer surgery has not been reported. This study examined potential risk factors for PMP including demographic, disease, and treatment variables, as well as surgical factors, such as surgical technique and number of lymph nodes removed. DESCRIPTION OF THE STUDY: Data were collected via telephone interviews and review of medical records. Pain was assessed using the Brief Pain Inventory. The sample included 134 breast cancer survivors who were a mean age of 55 years (SD = 9) and a mean of 35 months postsurgery (SD = 19). RESULTS: Women with PMP (n = 36) were not significantly different from women without PMP (n = 98) on demographic, disease, treatment, or surgical variables. PMP intensity was not significantly associated with age at diagnosis, time postsurgery, or time post-treatment. Contrary to expectation, PMP was found in women postlumpectomy without axillary dissection, women whose intercostobrachial nerve was spared, and women without documented postoperative complications. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Findings suggest that cases of PMP cannot uniformly be identified based on the presence or absence of certain factors. Findings also underscore the need to screen all women for PMP after breast cancer surgery, particularly given the availability of effective pain management therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-70
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Practice
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Segmental Mastectomy
Mastectomy
Pain
Breast Neoplasms
Demography
Pain Management
Therapeutics
Medical Records
Survivors
Dissection
Lymph Nodes
Interviews
Equipment and Supplies

Keywords

  • Breast
  • Complications
  • Neoplasm
  • Pain, postmastectomy
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Nursing(all)

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Carpenter, J., Sloan, P., Andrykowski, M. A., McGrath, P., Sloan, D., Rexford, T., & Kenady, D. (1999). Risk factors for pain after mastectomy/lumpectomy. Cancer Practice, 7(2), 66-70. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1523-5394.1999.07208.x

Risk factors for pain after mastectomy/lumpectomy. / Carpenter, Janet; Sloan, Paul; Andrykowski, Michael A.; McGrath, Patrick; Sloan, David; Rexford, Tracy; Kenady, Daniel.

In: Cancer Practice, Vol. 7, No. 2, 03.1999, p. 66-70.

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Carpenter, J, Sloan, P, Andrykowski, MA, McGrath, P, Sloan, D, Rexford, T & Kenady, D 1999, 'Risk factors for pain after mastectomy/lumpectomy', Cancer Practice, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 66-70. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1523-5394.1999.07208.x
Carpenter J, Sloan P, Andrykowski MA, McGrath P, Sloan D, Rexford T et al. Risk factors for pain after mastectomy/lumpectomy. Cancer Practice. 1999 Mar;7(2):66-70. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1523-5394.1999.07208.x
Carpenter, Janet ; Sloan, Paul ; Andrykowski, Michael A. ; McGrath, Patrick ; Sloan, David ; Rexford, Tracy ; Kenady, Daniel. / Risk factors for pain after mastectomy/lumpectomy. In: Cancer Practice. 1999 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 66-70.
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