IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 38 / Issue 6 / DOI: 10.12892/ejgo3810.2017
Open Access Original Research
Effects of community intervention on quality of life in women with gynecological cancers
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1 Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
2 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Xuanwu Hospital Affiliated to Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
3 Department of Oncology, People's Hospital of Beijing Daxing District, Beijing, China
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2017 , 38(6), 948–950; https://doi.org/10.12892/ejgo3810.2017
Published: 10 December 2017
Abstract

Objective: The quality of life (QOL) in gynecologic cancer survivors is poor with complex physical and psychological needs postsurgery and during chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. The authors report community interventions affects on QOL in this population. Materials and Methods: The patients were randomized into intervention group (31 patients) and control group (31 patients). The intervention group received community intervention by community practitioners and oncologist in addition to usual care. The control group only received usual care. The effects were evaluated using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ-C30 questionnaires at three months of intervention. Results: Of the 62 patients, 48 had ovarian cancer, four had cervical cancer, and ten had endometrial cancer, with 60 patients undergoing surgery. There were no significant differences (p > 0.05) between the study group and control group with regard to age, disease, or treatment at baseline, and the scores of EORTC QLQ-C30 of the two groups were similar. Better outcomes for the items of role, emotional, cognitive and social functioning, as well as pain were observed in the study group (p < 0.05). Conclusions: Community intervention measures implemented by oncologists and community clinicians under the community-based medical model can effectively improve the QOL of gynecologic cancer survivors.
Keywords
Gynecologic cancer
Survivor
Quality of life
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