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Measuring Quality of Life

  • M. A. List
  • L. Liu
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Abstract

Twenty-five years ago, when one spoke of outcomes in cancer treatment, it was assumed that the reference was to endpoints of tumor response, survival, and/or disease-free survival. Over the past 2 decades, however, with the introduction of multimodality treatments and the increasing number of cancer survivors, has come the growing awareness of, and concern for, the psychosocial needs of cancer patients. The loss of health and/or the consequences of treatment may result in physical or functional impairment, disruption of social and family interactions, and psychological distress, all of which affect quality of life (QOL). Accordingly, health care interventions must be judged on the basis of their effect upon quality as well as quantity of life. Extending survival does not always correlate with improvements in quality and, conversely, a treatment may not prolong life but may profoundly alter it. Understanding a patient’s experience of his/her disease, its treatment, and symptoms is thus critical to comprehensive cancer care and evaluation of therapeutic options.

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Comprehensive Cancer Care Scale Nottingham Health Profile Zealand Breast Cancer Trial Group Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Questionnaire 
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