Quality of life among cancer patients

Nayak, Malathi G and George, Anice and Vidyasagar, MS and Mathew, Stanley and Nayak, Sudhakar and Nayak, Baby S and Shashidhara, YN and Kamath, Asha (2017) Quality of life among cancer patients. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 23 (4). pp. 445-450. ISSN 0973-1075

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Abstract

Introduction: Cancer is a leading cause of death. People living with cancer experience a variety of symptoms. Quality of life (QOL) is a major concern of patients with terminal cancer. Symptoms affect their QOL. Management of symptoms improves distress and QOL. Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the QOL among cancer patients. Materials and Methods: A survey was conducted among 768 cancer patients selected by a convenient sampling technique. Data was collected from cancer patients by interview technique using structured and validated interviewed schedule. Results: Out of 768 cancer patients, 30.2% patients were in the age group of 51–60 years, majority with head–and‑neck cancer (40.1%), and 57.7% had stage III disease. QOL of majority of patients was influenced by their symptoms. 82.3% of them had low QOL scores. Conclusion: Cancer patients experienced many symptoms that affected their QOL. There is a need to develop interventions for effective management of symptoms that will empower the patients to have a greater sense of control over their illness and treatment and to improve the QOL.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cancer patients; quality of life; symptoms.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Biochemistry
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Child Health
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Community Health
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Radiotherapy and Oncology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Surgery
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 10:51
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 10:51
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/149787

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