Klin Onkol 2016; 29(3): 210-215. DOI: 10.14735/amko2016210.
Background: Survival rate of breast cancer patients has improved signifi cantly in recent years. Cancer dia gnosis represents a great psychological distress for patients which may not stem solely from the disease itself. Patients may experience higher distress even several years after treatment. Patients and Methods: The study was carried out at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Internal Medicine, Haematology and Oncology, Faculty Hospital Brno. Results of 85 patients at 4.5 years after dia gnosis of breast cancer compared to 72 healthy controls are presented in this paper. The data were collected in the form of semi-structured interviews, from the patients’ medical records and by Symp tom Check List-90. Results: The over all rate of psychological distress (GSI) 4.5 years after breast cancer dia gnosis does not diff er significantly (p = 0.703) from the healthy population. Also, we did not fi nd any statistically significant relationship between the observed factors and the level of psychological distress in breast cancer patients. Conclusion: Screening investigation showed no diff erence in the psychological distress in breast cancer patients 4.5 years following diagnosis, compared with the healthy population.