Effects of chemotherapy on the health-related quality of life of Japanese lower rectal cancer patients after sphincter-saving surgery

Yumiko Kinoshita, Tomoko Ohkusa, Rieko Izukura, Akiko Chishaki, Ryuichi Mibu

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Abstract

We examined the effects of adjuvant chemotherapy on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of lower rectal cancer patients receiving sphincter-saving surgery (SSS). In all, 109 patients completed a questionnaire before surgery and 1, 6, and 12 months afterwards. In the chemotherapy group, physical and social functioning scores were significantly lower 12 months after surgery compared with the nonchemotherapy group. These effects of adjuvant chemotherapy suggest that a different clinical approach might more effectively improve physical and social functioning in lower-rectal cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Healthcare providers should be alert for adverse events in patients with lower-rectal cancer and promptly address such conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-482
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 4 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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