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Quality of life in oncology: analysis of mean results among patients treated with chemotherapy in advanced clinic stage
Despite the benefts in symptom control and survival rates resulting from different treatments in oncology, many patients will experience impairments in physical, social, cognitive and psychological activity due to the side effects of medications or the clinical progression of the disease, negatively impacting in their quality of life.
To evaluate the quality of life among patients with cancer treated at the Hospital of the Military Police of Paraná (HPMPR).
A descriptive cross-sectional analysis of 16 patients with advanced clinical stage malignancy treated with chemotherapy. Epidemiological, clinical and pathological data were considered. The EORTC 30 protocol was the instrument used to assess the quality of life of the patients.
most patients were male in 62.5% of cases. All patients were symptomatic at diagnosis and pain was the most prevalent symptom in 30% of patients. Neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract were detected in 37.5% of cases. In relation to performance status, ECOG 1 and ASA 1 were detected with frequencies of 50% and 43.8%, respectively. Considering the functional scale, the items physical functioning, role performance and social function were the most affected in the assessment of quality of life. Fatigue and loss of appetite were the most common sign and symptom, respectively. A global measure of quality of life achieved high rates as 50% of the patients rated as excellent.
The cancer multidisciplinary care and ongoing patient allows an enhance in symptoms control, resulting in higher levels of quality of life, impacting positively on patient adherence to treatment, follow-up and possibly on survival.
Quality of live, oncology, chemotherapy.
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EURICO CAMPOS, JOSE ARRUDA, LUIS GUSTAVO RACHELLA, FERNANDA PINA, MARCOS ADRIANO JOTA, MARCUS RIVABEM WINHESKI