Longitudinal assessment of quality of life and lifestyle in newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patients: The roles of surgery and chemotherapy

Title

Longitudinal assessment of quality of life and lifestyle in newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patients: The roles of surgery and chemotherapy

Creator

Von Gruenigen V E; Frasure H E; Jenison E L; Hopkins M P; Gil K M

Publisher

Gynecologic Oncology

Date

2006
2006-10

Description

Objectives. To prospectively evaluate quality of life (QoL), use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and diet/exercise changes in ovarian cancer patients during the first 6 months following diagnosis. Methods. Patients with newly diagnosed ovarian cancer were enrolled pre- or post-operatively and surveyed at 3 and 6 months. The Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT-G), Medical Outcomes Survey (SF-36), and CAM/diet/exercise questionnaires were used. Independent samples t test and repeated measures ANOVA were used. Results. Forty-two patients underwent surgical debulking and staging prior to chemotherapy. Patients completing the initial surveys post-operatively had significantly lower physical FACT-G and SF-36 physical scores compared to patients completing the surveys pre-operatively. In patients completing the baseline survey pre-operatively, there was a decrease in physical scores at 3 months (after surgery and during chemotherapy). There was no change observed at 3 months relative to baseline when patients completed the baseline survey post-operatively. Increases in physical and functional well-being were seen at 6 months relative to 3 months. There were no changes in emotional or social scores over time. CAM use increased over time; main reasons were to improve QoL and relieve symptoms. Alterations in diet and exercise were not seen. Conclusions. These data highlight the need to conduct assessments before and after surgery to identify effects due to surgery and/or chemotherapy. Patients may be using CAM during chemotherapy to deal with symptoms and compensate for decreased QoL. Intervention trials should be implemented to increase QoL following surgery and during adjuvant chemotherapy. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Subject

alternative medicine use; behaviors; breast-cancer; chemotherapy; complementary and alternative medicine; complementary/alternative; energy-balance; functional assessment; gynecologic; medicine; Obstetrics & Gynecology; Oncology; Oncology; ovarian-cancer; quality-of-life; receiving adjuvant chemotherapy; Surgery; trial; women

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

120-126

Issue

1

Volume

103

Citation

Von Gruenigen V E; Frasure H E; Jenison E L; Hopkins M P; Gil K M, “Longitudinal assessment of quality of life and lifestyle in newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patients: The roles of surgery and chemotherapy,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed April 19, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/7423.

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