1429P - Assessment of quality of life of patients with cervical cancer during and after treatment with radiotherapy in Instituto de Medicina Integral Profes...

Date 01 October 2012
Event ESMO Congress 2012
Session Poster presentation III
Topics Cervical Cancer
Palliative Care
Surgery and/or Radiotherapy of Cancer
Presenter Andrezza Santos
Authors A.A. Santos, C. Lima Santos, J.F.P. Moura, A.I. Souza
  • Medical Oncology, IMIP, 50070550 - Recife/BR

Abstract

Introduction

Cervical cancer is the 2nd most frequent neoplasm among women in Brazil. Radiotherapy is one of the modalities used in the treatment of cervical cancer and may cause adverse events that compromise quality of life. The purpose of this study was assess quality of life in women with cervical cancer before, during the last week and six months after radiotherapy at a hospital in Northeast, Brazil.

Method

We performed an exploratory, before and after longitudinal study, with 35 women with cervical cancer treated with adjuvant radiotherapy, exclusively or concurrently with chemotherapy in Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira (IMIP) between August 2012 and May 2012. The patients underwent three interviews (pre-treatment, last week and six months after treatment). To assess the quality of life it was used FACT-Cx score (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Cervix). The mean scores were compared using Student's t and ANOVA test, with significance level of 5%.

Results

The mean age was 50 (± 13.9) years. Most were single or widowed (58.8%) and only 2.9% were employed. About 75% attended just until elementary school. The FACT-Cx pre-treatment average scores was 110.9 and in the last week was 110.8, with no statistically significant difference (p = 0.966). The results corresponding to six months after therapy will be presented at the Meeting.

Conclusion

The immediate results after radiotherapy showed no difference in quality of life. Analysis after six months may be different. These findings may modify therapeutic decision.

Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.