Vulvar cancer patients' quality of life: A qualitative assessment

Janda, M., Obermair, A., Cella, D., Crandon, A. J. and Trimmel, M. (2004) Vulvar cancer patients' quality of life: A qualitative assessment. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 14 5: 875-881. doi:10.1111/j.1048-891X.2004.14524.x

Author Janda, M.
Obermair, A.
Cella, D.
Crandon, A. J.
Trimmel, M.
Title Vulvar cancer patients' quality of life: A qualitative assessment
Journal name International Journal of Gynecological Cancer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1048-891X
Publication date 2004-09-01
Year available 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1048-891X.2004.14524.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 14
Issue 5
Start page 875
End page 881
Total pages 7
Place of publication Cambridge, MA., U.S.A.
Publisher Blackwell Scientific Publications
Language eng
Subject 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Abstract To develop a vulvar cancer-specific quality of life (QOL) subscale to accompany the Functional Assessment of Cancer–General (FACT-G) questionnaire, semistructured interviews were performed with 15 patients treated for vulvar cancer (FIGO stage 0–3). All but one patient, who received chemoradiotherapy, were treated by radical vulvectomy and six patients received a groin lymph node dissection. Patients experienced reductions in several aspects of QOL including emotional functioning, physical functioning, social functioning, sexuality, and body image. Six patients suffered from lymphedema of the legs with a mean severity of 3.5 on a 10-point scale. Four patients reported pruritus (severity rating 8.5). Seven patients expressed a need for more information about the illness and treatment. Only four patients returned to employment after treatment, and all of these patients reported work-related problems. Reductions in sexual functioning were a major concern for five patients, all younger than 65 years. Other topics were groin discomfort after removal of the lymph nodes and disturbance by odor from the vulva. Results of this study revealed vulvar cancer-specific reductions in QOL for inclusion in the newly developed vulvar cancer-specific subscale. © 2004 IGCS
Keyword Qualitative research
Quality of life
Vulvar cancer
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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