Quality-of-life priorities in patients with thyroid cancer: A multinational european organisation for research and treatment of cancer phase I study

Susanne Singer, Olga Husson, Iwona M. Tomaszewska, Laura D. Locati, Naomi Kiyota, Ulrike Scheidemann-Wesp, Dirk Hofmeister, Melanie Winterbotham, Christine Brannan, Cláudia Araújo, Eva M. Gamper, Dagmara Kulis, Harald Rimmele, Guy Andry, Lisa Licitra

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Background: The objectives of this study were to determine quality of life (QoL) issues that are relevant to thyroid cancer patients cross-culturally, and to identify those with highest relevance to them in addition to the more general issues covered by the core European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QoL questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30). Methods: A systematic literature search provided a list of potentially relevant QoL issues to supplement the core questionnaire EORTC QLQ-C30, which is widely used in research and in care and addresses QoL issues relevant to all groups of cancer patients. A panel of experts revised this list, and thyroid cancer patients rated the issues regarding their relevance for QoL by selecting the 25 issues that they would include in a thyroid cancer- specific QoL module. Results: The literature search and expert discussion provided a list of 71 QoL issues that was rated by thyroid cancer patients (n = 110) from seven countries. All issues were of high priority to at least some of the patients. The most frequently selected issues were sudden attacks of tiredness, exhaustion, quality of sleep, employment, social support, fear of cancer progression, fear of second operation, difficulties swallowing, and globus sensation. Conclusions: Thyroid cancer patients cross-culturally rate fatigue-related issues as highly important for their QoL, calling for increased efforts to find successful treatments for this problem. Vocational rehabilitation is also highly relevant for them and should therefore be an important aim of multidisciplinary care. The third important area of concern is psychological issues, especially fear of progression and of additional treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1605-1613
Number of pages9
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Anaplastic
  • Follicular
  • Medullary
  • Oncology
  • Papillary
  • Patient-reported outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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