Evaluation of health-related quality of life in patients with breast cancer
Material and methods. A cross-sectional study was carried out in four major Lithuanian hospitals. An EORTC QLQ-C30 (version 3) questionnaire with general demographic and medical information was distributed among 318 patients. A total of 284 patients were included in the analysis.
Results. The response rate was 89%. The mean age of patients was 55.9 years (SD, 10.1 years), and the mean time from diagnosis – 2.36 years (SD, 3.2 years). A greater part (65%) of the studied women lived in a family or with a partner. Women reported high level of functioning across several standardized HRQOL scales: cognitive functioning, everyday activity, and physical functioning. Fatigue and sleeping disorders were the most commonly indicated symptoms in the symptom scale. Fatigue and pain were the most important factors affecting general HRQOL.
Conclusions. Our results emphasize that the general HRQOL of the studied women is fair, but poorer than that of the corresponding population in other countries. Women living in a family or partnership experienced fewer financial troubles and had higher HRQOL scores across several standardized measures compared to those who were single. Women with late stages of breast cancer felt worse and were less socially active compared to women who were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.
Ivanauskienė, R.; Kregždytė, R.; Padaiga, Ž. Evaluation of health-related quality of life in patients with breast cancer. Medicina 2010, 46, 351.
Ivanauskienė R, Kregždytė R, Padaiga Ž. Evaluation of health-related quality of life in patients with breast cancer. Medicina. 2010; 46(5):351.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ivanauskienė, Rugilė; Kregždytė, Rima; Padaiga, Žilvinas. 2010. "Evaluation of health-related quality of life in patients with breast cancer." Medicina 46, no. 5: 351.