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BESS

BCPT Eight Symptom Scale

A symptom measure for breast cancer

 

Overview

This brief survey of breast cancer symptoms was developed and administered to women enrolled in the Breast Cancer Prevention Trial (BCPT) conducted by the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project.

MEASURE NAME:

BCPT Eight Symptom Scale (BESS)

VERSION:

1

NUMBER OF ITEMS:

30

PATIENT POPULATION:

Breast cancer patients 18 years and older

RECALL PERIOD:

Past four weeks

RESPONSE SCALE:

5 point Likert-type scale

DATA COLLECTION:

Paper and electronic

ADMINISTRATION:

Self-administration and interview when applicable

SUBSCALE DOMAINS:

None

TIME FOR COMPLETION:

Not available

SCORING:

Manual scoring template. Subscale scores possible.

RELATED MEASURES:

Language Availability

Available translations of the BESS can be obtained when licensing the measure. Users are not permitted to translate the BESS without prior permission from FACIT.org. Permission may also be contingent upon timeline expectations and availability of FACIT staff. Translations must undergo a rigorous methodology under the guidance of FACIT.org which includes multiple translators and cognitive interviews with patients. For commercial use, FACITtrans is the approved translation vendor of the BESS.

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Licensing

Licensing fees are assessed on a per trial/per measure basis for commercial use. There is no fee for use of the English version, but a license should be obtained.

Non-commercial use is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Licensing fees are typically not applied to investigator-initiated research, students, or clinical use.

To license an available version of this measure for commercial or non-commercial use, please complete our registration form. All of the information provided in the form will be kept strictly confidential. For questions, please contact us.

 

Selected References

Cella D, Land SR, Chang CH, Day R, Costantino JP, Wolmark N, Ganz PA. Symptom measurement in the Breast Cancer Prevention Trial (BCPT) (P-1): psychometric properties of a new measure of symptoms for midlife women. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2008 Jun;109(3):515-26. doi: 10.1007/s10549-007-9682-9. Epub 2007 Sep 13. PMID: 17851765.


Terhorst, L., Blair-Belansky, H., Moore, P. J., & Bender, C. (2011). Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the BCPT Symptom Checklist with a sample of breast cancer patients before and after adjuvant therapy. Psycho-oncology, 20(9), 961–968. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.1806.

 

Related Measures

FACT-B

Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - Breast

FBSI

FACT Breast Symptom Index

NFBSI-16

National Comprehensive Cancer Network/Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy Breast Cancer Symptom Index - 16 Item Version