Cancer Patients' Symptom Burden and Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) at Tertiary Cancer Center from 2006 to 2013

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Kokkonen , K , Tasmuth , T , Lehto , J T , Kautiainen , H , Elme , A , Jaaskelainen , A-S & Saarto , T 2019 , ' Cancer Patients' Symptom Burden and Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) at Tertiary Cancer Center from 2006 to 2013 : A Cross-sectional Study ' Anticancer Research , vol. 39 , no. 1 , pp. 271-277 . https://doi.org/10.21873/anticanres.13107

Title: Cancer Patients' Symptom Burden and Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) at Tertiary Cancer Center from 2006 to 2013;
A Cross-sectional Study
Author: Kokkonen, Kristiina; Tasmuth, Tiina; Lehto, Juho T.; Kautiainen, Hannu; Elme, Anneli; Jaaskelainen, Anna-Stina; Saarto, Tiina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, Department of Oncology
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, Department of Oncology
University of Helsinki, Department of Oncology
University of Helsinki, Department of Oncology
Belongs to series: Anticancer Research
ISSN: 0250-7005
Abstract: Background/Aim: To observe changes in symptoms and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) over 7 years among cancer patients at different stages of the disease. Patients and Methods: This prospective cross-sectional study at the Helsinki University Hospital Cancer Center, was carried out in 2006 and repeated in 2013. All participants filled in the EORTC-QLQ-C30 questionnaire. Results: Altogether, 581 patients responded (49% in 2006 and 54% in 2013). The disease was local in 51% and advanced in 49% of patients. The HRQoL was significantly lower, except for emotional and cognitive functions, and the symptom burden more severe in advanced cancer. The most prevalent symptoms were fatigue (93% and 85%; moderate/severe 22% and 9%), pain (65% and 47%; moderate/severe 16% and 5%), and insomnia (64% and 60%; moderate/severe 20 and 21%), respectively. No changes in HRQoL or symptoms were found at 7 years. Conclusion: There is a need for early integrated palliative care to improve HRQoL during cancer treatments.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/290305
Date: 2019-01
Subject: Health-related quality of life
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symptoms
palliative care
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