Quality of Life of Adult Survivors of Germinomas Treated with Craniospinal Irradiation

Quality of Life of Adult Survivors of Germinomas Treated with Craniospinal Irradiation AbstractOBJECTIVE:To assess the quality of life (QOL) of a group of patients treated for intracranial germinoma with biopsy followed by prophylactic whole-neuraxis radiation therapy.METHODS:The Short-form-36 and Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy QOL questionnaires were completed by 22 of 27 eligible adults treated with whole-neuraxis irradiation for biopsy-proven, marker-negative intracranial germinomas between 1976 and 1996. In addition, data were obtained regarding height and weight, medications, ability to work, and educational achievement.RESULTS:The patients' QOL was generally good. All of the patients are in or have completed high school; nine are in or have completed college, and five have advanced degrees. Patients rated themselves lower on the physical composite scale of the Short-form-36 (average, 46 versus 54 in a normal population). On the mental composite scale, patients rated themselves more favorably than the normal population (average, 54 versus 49 in a normal population). Patients were normally proportioned for height and weight, but female patients tended to be short. Age at radiation did not correlate with QOL.CONCLUSION:The QOL of adults treated for marker-negative germinoma with prophylactic whole-neuraxis irradiation is generally good. These data should serve as a benchmark for newer treatment protocols eliminating or reducing radiation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Neurosurgery Oxford University Press

Quality of Life of Adult Survivors of Germinomas Treated with Craniospinal Irradiation

Quality of Life of Adult Survivors of Germinomas Treated with Craniospinal Irradiation Leslie N. Sutton, M.D., Jerilynn Radcliffe, Ph.D., Joel W . Goldwein, M.D., Peter Phillips, M.D., Anna J. Janss, M.D., Ph.D., Roger J. Packer, M.D., Huaqing Zhao, M.A. Departments of Neurosurgery (LNS), Neurooncology (PP, AJJ), and Biostatistics and Epidemiology (HZ), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Departments of Neurosurgery (LNS), Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics (JR), Radiation Oncology (JW G ), and Neurooncology (PP), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Department of Neurology and Pediatrics (RJP), Children's National Medical Center, George Washington University, Washingon, District of Columbia O B JE C T IV E : To assess the quality of life (Q O L ) of a group of patients treated for intracranial germinoma with biopsy followed by prophylactic whole-neuraxis radiation therapy. M E T H O D S : The Short-form-36 and Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy Q O L questionnaires w ere completed by 22 of 27 eligible adults treated w ith whole-neuraxis irradiation for biopsy-proven, marker-negative intracra­ nial germinomas between 1976 and 1996. In addition, data w ere obtained regarding height and weight, medications, ability to work, and educational achievem ent. RESULTS: The patients' Q O L was generally good. All of the patients are in or have completed high school; nine are in or have completed college, and five have advanced degrees. Patients rated themselves low er on the physical composite scale of the Short-form-36 (average, 46 versus 54 in a normal population). O n the mental composite scale, patients rated themselves more favorably than the normal population (average, 54 versus 49 in a normal population). Patients w ere norm ally proportioned for height and weight, but female patients tended to be short. Age at radiation did not correlate w ith Q O L . C O N C L U S IO N :...
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AbstractOBJECTIVE:To assess the quality of life (QOL) of a group of patients treated for intracranial germinoma with biopsy followed by prophylactic whole-neuraxis radiation therapy.METHODS:The Short-form-36 and Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy QOL questionnaires were completed by 22 of 27 eligible adults treated with whole-neuraxis irradiation for biopsy-proven, marker-negative intracranial germinomas between 1976 and 1996. In addition, data were obtained regarding height and weight, medications, ability to work, and educational achievement.RESULTS:The patients' QOL was generally good. All of the patients are in or have completed high school; nine are in or have completed college, and five have advanced degrees. Patients rated themselves lower on the physical composite scale of the Short-form-36 (average, 46 versus 54 in a normal population). On the mental composite scale, patients rated themselves more favorably than the normal population (average, 54 versus 49 in a normal population). Patients were normally proportioned for height and weight, but female patients tended to be short. Age at radiation did not correlate with QOL.CONCLUSION:The QOL of adults treated for marker-negative germinoma with prophylactic whole-neuraxis irradiation is generally good. These data should serve as a benchmark for newer treatment protocols eliminating or reducing radiation.

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NeurosurgeryOxford University Press

Published: Dec 1, 1999

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