Functional Assessment of Quality of Life Using EORTC QLQ-CR29 in Patients with Colon Cancer at King Abdulaziz University HospitalSsakher M AlOtaibi1*, Faisal AlAbbas2, Nada K Bashnini3, Abdullah F Almoshadq1, Hisham Al-Hindi4, Majed Chamsi Pasha5, Abdullah Alghamdi6, Mahmoud Al-Ahwal7 and Basem El Deek8
- Corresponding Author:
- Ssakher M AlOtaibi
Medical Resident at King Abdullah Medical City, Saudi Arabia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: October 30, 2015; Accepted date: November 11, 2015; Published date: November 20, 2015
Citation: AlOtaibi SM, AlAbbas F, Bashnini NK, Almoshadq AF, Al-Hindi H, et al. (2015) Functional Assessment of Quality of Life Using EORTC QLQ-CR29 in Patients with Colon Cancer at King Abdulaziz University Hospital. J Integr Oncol 4:151. doi:10.4172/2329-6771.1000151
Copyright: © 2015 AlOtaibi SM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world. Quality of life is important to achieve successful treatment outcomes. The aim of this study was to assess the functional quality of life of patients with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer in order to improve our understanding as physicians of how cancer therapy influences the patients’ lives, and how we can help patients improve the quality of life on a daily basis. Method: This was a cross-sectional study conducted between January-September 2013, of a sample of 647 patients newly diagnosed with colon cancer at the King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Participants completed the EROTIC QLQ-CR29 questionnaire, translated into Arabic and modified for a KSA population by three oncologists. Results: In total, 40 patients were included (males, 25; females, 15). Similar findings were reported between both genders in terms of body image, postoperative complications and stomas, and these were significant issues in a substantial number of respondents. Conclusion: The quality of life of patients with colorectal cancer in KSA is poor in general, as a result of both physician- and patient-specific factors. Further studies to assess this issue are recommended. Am understanding of the difficulties that patients face should encourage physicians to consider this vital aspect of their care, positively influencing the treatment course with the aim of creating the conditions for a peaceful and optimal psychological, as well as disease, outcome.