Sarcoma patients' quality of life from diagnosis to yearly follow-up: Experience from an Italian tertiary care center

Gabriella Maggi, Irene Terrenato, Luca Giacomelli, Carmine Zoccali, Maria Franca Condoleo, Chiara Falcicchio, Jacopo Baldi, Sabrina Vari, Virginia Ferraresi, Roberto Biagini, Patrizia Pugliese

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Aim: To investigate sarcoma patients' perception of quality of life and psychosocial distress across the different disease's stages. Patients & methods: Total 329 sarcoma patients were monitored from diagnosis up to a maximum of six consecutive follow-up visits. Results: Functional status worsened over time with the lowest value after surgery and a full recovery not earlier than the second follow-up visit. Married and single patients exhibited similar quality of life pattern. High levels of psychological distress were observed from diagnosis to active treatment periods with a progressive improvement during follow-up. Psychological distress pattern over time varied by marital status and age. Conclusion: Our study suggests the importance of integrating psychosocial care to medical therapy across the entire sarcoma journey.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3125-3134
Number of pages10
JournalFuture Oncology
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019



  • age
  • distress
  • marital status
  • quality of life
  • sarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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