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

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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 organization: Clinicum
Department of Oncology
Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care
HUS Comprehensive Cancer Center
HUS Perioperative, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine
Date: 2019-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Anticancer Research
ISSN: 0250-7005
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21873/anticanres.13107
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/290305
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.
Subject: Health-related quality of life
neoplasms
symptoms
palliative care
PALLIATIVE CARE
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE
BREAST
EXERCISE
INTERVENTIONS
INTEGRATION
SURVIVORS
PROSTATE
FATIGUE
HOME
3122 Cancers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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