Quality of life profile in Italian long-term cancer survivors

Barbara Muzzatti, Cristiana Flaiban, Antonella Surbone, Maria Antonietta Annunziata

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Abstract

Purpose: Understanding the quality of life (QoL) of long-term cancer survivors is relevant to daily clinical practice as well as to healthcare policy. This study assessed QoL of Italian survivors and tested the association between QoL and the main clinical and socio-demographic sample’s characteristics. Methods: Two hundred and sixty-five Italian adult long-term cancer survivors (people free from cancer and its treatments for at least 5 years) were administered the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 30, the Impact of Cancer, and the Short Form 36 questionnaires obtaining three different QoL profiles—cancer-specific, survivorship-specific, and generic. Results: In both cancer-specific and generic QoL profiles, participants reported a lower general health and a higher social functioning than normative samples; in addition, they reported low emotional functioning and vitality, respectively, in the former and latter profile. In the survivorship-specific profile, participants scored higher on personal growth and altruism (p 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959-967
Number of pages9
JournalQuality of Life Research
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Adults
  • Long-term cancer survivorship
  • Oncology
  • Quality of life
  • Questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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