Frequent and long-term follow-up of health-related quality of life following allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation
2015 (English)In: European Journal of Cancer Care, ISSN 0961-5423, E-ISSN 1365-2354, Vol. 24, no 6, 898-910 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Health-related quality of life (HRQL) was evaluated in 94 patients undergoing allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) after myeloablative (MAC, n=18) or reduced intensity conditioning (RIC, n=76). HRQL was assessed with the EORTC QLQ C-30 during the inpatient period as well as during the following 3years, i.e. at baseline and 12 times thereafter. Functional status and global quality of life decreased from baseline to weeks 2 and 3, especially role and social functions. Symptoms increased significantly during the first 3weeks, particularly appetite loss, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and fatigue. It took at least 1year for HRQL to return to the baseline level. The only function that improved significantly 3years after HSCT was role function. Patients treated with MAC experienced significantly worse HRQL at baseline than patients treated with RIC, as well as more pain, sleep disturbance and appetite loss in weeks 3 and 4. Patients with extensive chronic graft-versus-host disease experienced reduced HRQL. These results provide a clinically useful overview of patients HRQL during and after HSCT and indicate when they require increased support. The results demonstrate the importance of close follow-ups during the first year after HSCT to improve preventive or supportive interventions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Vol. 24, no 6, 898-910 p.
quality of life; symptom; stem cell transplantation
Cancer and Oncology Hematology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122649DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12350ISI: 000363466200014PubMedID: 26156141OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-122649DiVA: diva2:871757