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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 755-756

Health-related quality of life among metastatic breast cancer patients


Department of Clinical Oncology and Radiation Therapy, Charles University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Date of Web Publication11-Feb-2014

Correspondence Address:
Ladislav Slovacek
Department of Clinical Oncology and Radiation Therapy, Charles University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine Hradec Kralove, Sokolska 581, Hradec Kralove
Czech Republic
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.126490

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Slovacek L. Health-related quality of life among metastatic breast cancer patients. J Can Res Ther 2013;9:755-6

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Slovacek L. Health-related quality of life among metastatic breast cancer patients. J Can Res Ther [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Nov 14];9:755-6. Available from: http://www.cancerjournal.net/text.asp?2013/9/4/755/126490

Sir,

I read with great interest the article by author Wani et al. devoted to the issue of quality of life assessment in survivors of breast cancer. [1] I would like this original work added to his own experience with quality of life (QoL) assessment among metastatic breast cancer patients. Our study was local, prospective and cross-sectional. Dates were obtained during the year 2008 among 41 metastatic breast cancer patients in a program of palliative cancer care. The mean age for all 41 subjects was 58 years old (aged 41-80 years old). The number of subjects treated with palliative radiation therapy was 11, with palliative chemotherapy 5 and with symptomatic therapy 9. The number of smokers was 3 and non-smokers 22. All patients were married. The number of patients without associated disease was 1, with 1 associated disease 2, with 2 associated diseases 9, with 3 associated diseases 3 and with more than 3 associated diseases 10. The Czech version of an international generic European Quality of Life Questionnaire - EQ-5D Version was applied for evaluation of health-related QoL (HRQoL). This questionnaire evaluates two indicators, objective and subjective. The objective indicator includes five dimensions of QoL: Mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain/discomfort, anxiety/depression. Three kinds of answers which express the degree of complaints are offered to each question (no complaints, mild complaints, severe complaints). Totally 243 (3 5 ) combinations of health condition exist. The outcome is EQ-5D score (dimensions of QoL), which has the values from 0 to 1 (0 - the worst health condition and 1 - the best health condition). Subjective indicator includes visual analogous scale (the value of 100 - the best health condition, the value of 0 - the worst health condition). The respondent marks his subjectively perceived health condition at the thermometer scale. The outcome is EQ-5D VAS (a subjective health condition), which has the values from 0 to 100. The metastatic breast cancer patients in a program of palliative cancer care were tested while hospitalized at the Department of Clinical Oncology. The filling in the generic EuroQol Questionnaire EQ-5D was voluntary and anonymous. The HRQoL among metastatic breast cancer patients was on very low level. The mean EQ-5D score (dimension of QoL) was 55%. The mean EQ-5D VAS (subjective health condition) was 59.2%. The mean EQ-5D score in group of healthy females was 78.4% and the mean EQ-5D VAS was 85% (both QoL parameters showed very good HRQoL). The statistical evaluation not presents statistically significant dependence of EQ-5D score and EQ-5D VAS on age, number of associated diseases and type of palliative cancer care.

 
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1.Wani SQ, Khan T, Teeli AM, Khan NA, Wani SY; Ashfaq-ul-Hassan. Quality of life assessment in survivors of breast cancer. J Cancer Res Ther 2012;8:272-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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