Is long-term cancer survivors’ quality of life comparable to that of the general population? An italian study

Maria Antonietta Annunziata, Barbara Muzzatti, Lorena Giovannini, Francesca Romito, Claudia Cormio, Vittorio Mattioli, Daniela Barberio, Valentina Abate, Francesco De Falco, Fiorino Mirabella, Angelo Picardi, Riccardo Capocaccia, Umberto Tirelli

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Abstract

Purpose: Since long-term survivorship is now a reality for an increasingly number of people with a history of cancer, understanding their quality of life (QoL) can inform health care policy as well as help supporting individual patients. This study was aimed to quantify QoL of this specific population in comparison with data provided for both the general population and cancer patients and to assess QoL association with several sociodemographic, clinical, and psychological variables. Methods: Three hundred fourteen Italian long-term cancer survivors (people who have been free from cancer and cancer treatments for at least 5 years) completed a battery of questionnaires including the SF12 for QoL assessment. Results: Both physical and mental functioning were higher than those among Italian cancer patients but lower than those of the Italian general population (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2663-2668
Number of pages6
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume23
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • Cancer survivors
  • General population
  • Mental functioning
  • Oncology
  • Physical functioning
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)

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