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High prevalence of somatic complaints and psychological problems despite high self-declared quality of life in long-term cancer survivors

Krystyna de Walden-Gałuszko, Alicja Heyda, Magdalena Wojtkiewicz, Piotr Mróz, Mikołaj Majkowicz, Mariusz Wirga
DOI: 10.5603/OCP.2021.0005
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Oncol Clin Pract 2021;17(3):89-97.

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Vol 17, No 3 (2021)
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Published online: 2021-01-29

Abstract

Introduction. To assess the quality of life (QoL) of long term cancer survivors and its determinants.

Material and methods. The research covered a group of 272 disease-free cancer survivors (mean OS = 8 years). Methods: 1) Evaluation of somatic and psychological complaints (with the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology — Survivorship Assessment, NCCN Guidelines®, V.1.2015); 2) Evaluation with numeric rating scales (NRS, 0–10 points): health status life satisfaction; social support and acceptance; 3) Assessment of the quality of life as dependent variable (NRS).

Results. Analysis revealed high prevalence of numerous somatic complaints, assessment of emotional disturbances, cognitive dysfunctions and surprisingly high global QoL (66%), high overall (77%) and present (74%) life satisfaction, good health (55%), strong impact of illness on life (42%), high social acceptance (80%) and satisfying support (62%). QoL correlated significantly (p < 0.05) with most of NRS measured subjective variables especially health status (–0.74), life satisfaction (0.66) and joy of life (0.63).

Conclusions. High Qol despite somatic ailments might reflect high levels of received support, as well as attitudes towards life and illness. Positive correlations between the QoL and other subjective variables imply that those parameters might be equally important determinants of QoL as somatic indices. Specialized care should provide cognitive evaluation and therapy for cancer survivors to a larger extent than before.

Abstract

Introduction. To assess the quality of life (QoL) of long term cancer survivors and its determinants.

Material and methods. The research covered a group of 272 disease-free cancer survivors (mean OS = 8 years). Methods: 1) Evaluation of somatic and psychological complaints (with the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology — Survivorship Assessment, NCCN Guidelines®, V.1.2015); 2) Evaluation with numeric rating scales (NRS, 0–10 points): health status life satisfaction; social support and acceptance; 3) Assessment of the quality of life as dependent variable (NRS).

Results. Analysis revealed high prevalence of numerous somatic complaints, assessment of emotional disturbances, cognitive dysfunctions and surprisingly high global QoL (66%), high overall (77%) and present (74%) life satisfaction, good health (55%), strong impact of illness on life (42%), high social acceptance (80%) and satisfying support (62%). QoL correlated significantly (p < 0.05) with most of NRS measured subjective variables especially health status (–0.74), life satisfaction (0.66) and joy of life (0.63).

Conclusions. High Qol despite somatic ailments might reflect high levels of received support, as well as attitudes towards life and illness. Positive correlations between the QoL and other subjective variables imply that those parameters might be equally important determinants of QoL as somatic indices. Specialized care should provide cognitive evaluation and therapy for cancer survivors to a larger extent than before.

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Keywords

cancer survivors; quality of life; somatic complaints; satisfaction with life

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Title

High prevalence of somatic complaints and psychological problems despite high self-declared quality of life in long-term cancer survivors

Journal

Oncology in Clinical Practice

Issue

Vol 17, No 3 (2021)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

89-97

Published online

2021-01-29

DOI

10.5603/OCP.2021.0005

Bibliographic record

Oncol Clin Pract 2021;17(3):89-97.

Keywords

cancer survivors
quality of life
somatic complaints
satisfaction with life

Authors

Krystyna de Walden-Gałuszko
Alicja Heyda
Magdalena Wojtkiewicz
Piotr Mróz
Mikołaj Majkowicz
Mariusz Wirga

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