Objective: The aim of the study was to analyze the Quality of life (QoL) scores in a single institution series of locally advanced cervical cancer patients (LACC) administered preoperative chemoradiation, compared to early stage disease (ECC) patients undergoing radical surgery. Methods: The following criteria were required in order to enroll patients: age between 18 and 65years at initial diagnosis, at least 12months from the end of treatment, no evidence of recurrence/second malignancy. The SF-36 questionnaire on general health, and the HADS questionnaire on mental distress were utilized. Results: 93 subjects were available for the analysis. At time of analysis, median follow-up was 30months (range 12-120). LACC patients showed QoL scores comparable to ECC patients with the exception of physical functioning (mean ± SD = 69.0 ± 13.1 versus mean ± SD = 85.4 ± 16.2, p value = 0.0007). In the group of LACC patients, the presence of co-morbidities was significantly associated with the impairment of almost all subscales of QoL. A low education level and the status of unemployment were documented to negatively impact on the vast majority of SF-36 subscale scores. In the multivariate analysis, the presence of co-morbidities, low educational level, age> 50years, and unemployment maintained their independent negative association with poor QoL scores. The percentage of cases with high levels HADS-anxiety was higher in LACC than ECC patients (27.6% versus 8.6%, p value = 0.034). Conclusions: LACC patients administered preoperative chemoradiation showed QoL scores comparable to EEC patients, and a higher proportion of anxiety disorders; low educational level and unemployment status were mainly associated with poor QoL scores. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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|Titolo:||Quality of life and psychological distress in locally advanced cervical cancer patients administered pre-operative chemoradiotherapy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|