In Spain, we do not have real-time information about cancer survivors follow-up by their family doctor. The main objective of this study is to describe the characteristics and quality of life of cancer survivors followed at a primary care center in Northwest of Spain.
An individual interview was conducted with 100 survivors of breast or colon or lung cancer, all of them free of disease five or more years after their initial diagnosis. Socio-demographic variables, care plan and global quality of life assessment (using the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire), were collected.
We analyzed socio-demographic data of 72 women and 28 men. At the time of the interview, their median age was 66-years-old (37-99), most were married (61%), had primary studies (58%) and do not work (77 %). We analyzed aspects related to their global quality of life by using the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire. A third (36%), acknowledged that their cancer diagnosis had influenced their employment status. More than 50% of survivors recognized asthenia and/or pain at the time of the interview, and at least a 15% and 20% of these cases respectively, related these symptoms to their previous diagnosis of cancer. More than a half (56%) acknowledged their previous cancer diagnosis had changed their lifes, and to a lesser extent the life of their family (28%) and economy. A 64% of the interviewed survivors considered that their enjoyed a good or a very good quality of life. Most ot the cancer survivors (75%) described themselves as cured people.
Most survivors recognized that their cancer diagnosis changed their lives, and up to a third of the cases also their work situation. However, the majority of survivors report a globally good quality of life and describe themselves as cured people.
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B. Grana Suarez: Research grant / Funding (institution), Travel / Accommodation / Expenses: Amgen; Travel / Accommodation / Expenses: Celgene; Research grant / Funding (institution): Roche; Travel / Accommodation / Expenses: Servier. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.