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Impaired Quality of Life in Patients Commencing Radiotherapy for Cancer

By Monika Janda, Beth M. Newman, Andreas Obermair, Hedwig Woelfl, Michael Trimmel, Heidi Schroeckmayr, Joachim Widder and Richard Poetter


This study tested a three-item questionnaire of global quality of life (QOL) and pain in patients commencing radiotherapy, based on items from the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ-C30 instrument. In pre-test, the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the three-item short questionnaire were administered to 100 patients, yielding similar global QOL and pain scores. After the pre-test, the three-item questionnaire was administered to 1,837 patients prior to first radiotherapy treatment. \ud We identified 254 (13.8%) patients with impaired QOL. These patients had a mean global QOL score of 32.6 compared to 72.4 (p<0.001) found in patients with satisfactory QOL. Patients with impaired QOL were also more likely younger than 60 years and treated for lung, gastrointestinal or head & neck cancer or advanced, metastatic cancer.\ud This brief instrument addresses important aspects of quality of life, is feasible to use in a clinical setting and therefore represents a potentially useful tool for detecting those patients who may benefit from further evaluation and/or psychosocial support

Topics: 111700 PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES, cancer, radiotherapy, quality of life, screening, psychosocial support
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s00066-004-1160-2
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