IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 42 / Issue 6 / DOI: 10.31083/j.ejgo4206172
Open Access Original Research
Quality of life in ovarian cancer patients receiving chemotherapy—preliminary study
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1 Ludwik Rydygier Voivodship Polyclinical Hospital, 87-100 Toruń, Polska
2 Hipolit Cegielski State University of Applied Sciences, 62-200 Gniezno, Poland
3 Medix Wojciech Trusz, 65-547 Zielona Góra, Polska
4 Division of Developmental Gynaecology and Sexology, Department of Perinatology and Gynaecology, Poznań University of Medical Sciences, 61-701 Poznań, Poland
5 Faculty of Medicine, Collegium Medicum, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, 01-815 Warszawa, Poland
6 Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, 85-067 Bydgoszcz, Poland
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2021, 42(6), 1180–1190;
Submitted: 18 March 2021 | Revised: 2 April 2021 | Accepted: 27 April 2021 | Published: 15 December 2021
Copyright: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by IMR Press.
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Objective: Evaluate quality of life in ovarian cancer patients. Methods: To collect information, a diagnostic survey was carried out using the standardised survey questionnaires QLQ-C30 (quality of life questionnaire) and QLQ-OV28. The 105 women who were enrolled in the study had been diagnosed at the Diagnostic Imaging Centre and were undergoing treatment at the Chemotherapy Department of the Provincial Polyclinical Hospital in Toruń. Results: The study group consisted of women aged 35–72 years. The average age of the women was 53.2 years. Most women had secondary education—46.7%, the fewest group had vocational education—13.3%. On a scale of 1–7, most of the women rated their health status from the previous week at 4 points—31.4%, at 5 points—27.6%, and at 3 points—22.9%. Similar results were found for quality of life: 4 points—32.4%, 5 points—25.7%, and 3 points—21.9%. The women aged 45 years and younger gave the highest rating to all the sub-scales, apart from hormonal symptoms (80.45 s ± 12.96) and body image (61.60 s ± 28.63), which received the highest rating from the women aged >62 years. Conclusion: The quality of life in ovarian cancer patients is related to their age, education and marital status. There is a correlation between the quality of life of the respondents and their family history of ovarian and/or breast cancer.

Quality of life
Ovarian cancer
Questionnaire QLQ-C30
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