A review of issues surrounding quality of life among women with ovarian cancer

Lucybeth Nieves Arriba, Amanda Nickles Fader, Heidi E. Frasure, Vivian E. Von Gruenigen

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Abstract

Objectives: Progress has been made towards prolonging survival of ovarian cancer patients. This trend has placed increasing attention upon the quality of life (QoL). The aim of this study was to review the existing literature on QoL, including measurement tools, and to explore opportunities to optimize well-being. Methods: A comprehensive computer literature search of English language studies was performed in MEDLINE databases up to February 2010. Results: Validated tools have been used in multiple studies to provide a mechanism to asses information about QoL in ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer and its treatment have significant effects on QoL including fatigue and the physical and functional domains. Studies indicate that ovarian cancer patients needs and QoL change during the trajectory of the disease. Conclusions: As new treatment strategies for ovarian cancer are developed, research efforts should identify how therapeutics will affect QoL and include interventions to prevent or minimize the detrimental effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)390-396
Number of pages7
JournalGynecologic oncology
Volume119
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

Keywords

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Quality of life
  • Quality of life tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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