IMR Press / FBL / Volume 12 / Issue 2 / DOI: 10.2741/2071

Frontiers in Bioscience-Landmark (FBL) is published by IMR Press from Volume 26 Issue 5 (2021). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on imrpress.com as a courtesy and upon agreement with Frontiers in Bioscience.

Open Access Article
Quality of life in oncology with emphasis upon neuro-oncology
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1 Neuro-oncology Service, Intermountain Healthcare, LDS Hospital, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103, USA
Academic Editor:Van Meir
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2007, 12(2), 392–418; https://doi.org/10.2741/2071
Published: 1 January 2007
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Encyclopedia of neuro-oncology)
Abstract

Quality of life, as a science has been steadily gaining importance in both clinical practice as well as research. Despite major progress in the development of validated and clinically-relevant health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measures, we still face many challenges in bridging the gap between what we know and how to apply it in clinical practice: in making the transfer from the mere collection of QOL data to its utilization in improving patient outcome through interventional symptomatic therapy. This manuscript traces the development of QOL as a science to its potential utility in both clinical care and clinical research, as well as an outcomes measure. The emphasis has been placed upon quality of life in oncology with special attention to neuro-oncology.

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