Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 184–193 | Cite as

A Pilot Study Addressing the Impact of Religious Practice on Quality of Life of Breast Cancer Patients During Chemotherapy

  • Carlos Eduardo Paiva
  • Bianca Sakamoto Ribeiro Paiva
  • Rafael Amaral de Castro
  • Cristiano de Pádua Souza
  • Yara Cristina de Paiva Maia
  • Jairo Aparecido Ayres
  • Odair Carlito Michelin
Original Paper


The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate whether religious practice can modify quality of life (QoL) in BC patients during chemotherapy. QoL and religion practice questionnaire (RPQ) scores were evaluated in a sample of BC patients in different moments. Before chemotherapy initiation, women with lower physical and social functional scores displayed higher RPQ scores. On the other hand, low RPQ patients worsened some QoL scores over time. Body image acceptance was positively correlated with religious practice and specifically praying activity. This preliminary study suggests the importance of religion in coping with cancer chemotherapy.


Breast cancer Coping Religiosity Quality of life Oncology Chemotherapy 



We would like to thank Dr. Júlio César Donato for his help in collecting the data for this study and the Research Support Group—UNESP for revising the English text.

Conflict of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Eduardo Paiva
    • 1
  • Bianca Sakamoto Ribeiro Paiva
    • 2
  • Rafael Amaral de Castro
    • 3
  • Cristiano de Pádua Souza
    • 3
  • Yara Cristina de Paiva Maia
    • 4
  • Jairo Aparecido Ayres
    • 5
  • Odair Carlito Michelin
    • 6
  1. 1.Palliative Care UnitHospital de Câncer de BarretosBarretosBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Public Health, Botucatu Medical SchoolSão Paulo State University (UNESP)BotucatuBrazil
  3. 3.Oncological and Hemato-oncological Center, Botucatu Medical SchoolSão Paulo State University (UNESP)BotucatuBrazil
  4. 4.Laboratory of NanobiotechnologyFederal University of Uberlândia (UFU)UberlândiaBrazil
  5. 5.Department of Nursing, Botucatu Medical SchoolSão Paulo State University, UNESPBotucatuBrazil
  6. 6.Department of Internal Medicine, Botucatu Medical SchoolSão Paulo State University (UNESP)BotucatuBrazil

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