Definitions of hot flashes in breast cancer survivors

Gwen Finck, Debra L. Barton, Charles L. Loprinzi, Susan K. Quella, Jeff A. Sloan

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Abstract

Menopause is an expected event in a woman's life. Treatment for breast cancer can impact the onset of menopause and precipitate symptoms such as hot flashes. Yet this sequelae of events is not well measured, defined or assimilated into quality of life assessments for cancer survivors: Though not life threatening, hot flashes can greatly impact a woman's quality of life or functional ability. It is important for health care professionals to more fully understand the nature of the experience of hot flashes so as not to underestimate their disruptive potential. As part of a larger clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of vitamin E for hot flashes, breast cancer survivors kept a log of both the frequency and intensity of their hot flashes. These women then wrote descriptions to define the severity of those hot flashes. The purpose of this paper is to provide insight into the experience of hot flashes in breast cancer survivors and to describe the severity of hot flashes with narratives given by the women experiencing them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-333
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 1998

Keywords

  • Breast cancer survivors
  • Hot flashes
  • Symptom severity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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