www.nature.com/bjc ARTICLE Epidemiology Health-related quality of life after treatment for bladder cancer in England 1,2 1,2 1 3 4 5 6 Samantha J Mason , Amy Downing , Penny Wright , Luke Hounsome , Sarah E Bottomley , Jessica Corner , Mike Richards , 4 1,2 James W Catto and Adam W Glaser BACKGROUND: Little is known about quality of life after bladder cancer treatment. This common cancer is managed using treatments that can affect urinary, sexual and bowel function. METHODS: To understand quality of life and inform future care, the Department of Health (England) surveyed adults surviving bladder cancer 1–5 years after diagnosis. Questions related to disease status, co-existing conditions, generic health (EQ-5D), cancer- generic (Social Difﬁculties Inventory) and cancer-speciﬁc outcomes (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy—Bladder). RESULTS: In total, 673 (54%) patients responded; including 500 (74%) men and 539 (80%) with co-existing conditions. Most respondents received endoscopic treatment (60%), while 92 (14%) and 99 (15%) received radical cystectomy or radiotherapy, respectively. Questionnaire completion rates varied (51–97%). Treatment groups reported ≥1 problem using EQ-5D generic domains (59–74%). Usual activities was the most common concern. Urinary frequency was common after endoscopy (34–37%) and radiotherapy (44–50%). Certain populations were more likely
British Journal of Cancer – Springer Journals
Published: May 14, 2018
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