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 ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 171-178

Quality of life in long term survivors of cervical cancer: A cross sectional study


1 Department of Gynecological Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National University, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Biostatistics and Clinical Research Methodology, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National University, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National University, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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T S Shylasree
Department of Gynecological Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National University, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_712_18

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Background: Quality of life (QOL) is an important parameter to evaluate and modify in patients treated for cervical cancer as long-term survival is excellent in early-stage and reasonably good in locally advanced stage compared to other solid cancers. The aim of the study was the cross sectional evaluation of the quality of life in survivors completing at least 3 years of follow-up after curative therapy for cervical cancer at a tertiary cancer institute. Methods: All patients, following primary curative treatment with no evidence of recurrence and completing at least 3 years follow-up, were assessed for QOL using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ)-30 and its cervical cancer module (Cx24). Patients were subdivided based on the modality of treatment. Analysis was done using Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney U test. Results: One hundred seven patients were analyzed out of the 113 patients initially included. Treated patients showed good global QOL (mean value: 84.07) and functional scores (covering all domains). In the cervical cancer module, sexual activity, sexual enjoyment, and sexual function were low in the majority of the respondents. Chronic lymphedema, symptom experience, and sexual worry were significant across all the treatment arms. Conclusion: Cervical cancer survivors have an overall good QOL. However, certain concerns related to the sexual quality of life, symptom experience, and chronic lymphedema need to be addressed appropriately.






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