Effects of psychosocial intervention on quality of life in patients with head and neck cancer
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Head & Neck
Volume 25, Issue 7, pages 576–584, July 2003
How to Cite
Petruson, K. M., Silander, E. M. and Hammerlid, E. B. (2003), Effects of psychosocial intervention on quality of life in patients with head and neck cancer. Head Neck, 25: 576–584. doi: 10.1002/hed.10243
- Issue published online: 6 JUN 2003
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 OCT 2002
- head and neck cancer;
- quality of life;
- EORTC QLQ-C30;
- EORTC QLQ-H&N35;
A longitudinal, prospective, case-control study evaluated if a psychosocial support program improved health-related quality of life (HRQL) in head and neck (H&N) cancer patients.
One hundred forty-four H&N cancer patients were included: 52 study patients and 92 controls. The study group met the support team repeatedly throughout the first year after diagnosis. HRQL was assessed three times during the first year and after 3 years using the EORTC QLQ-C30, EORTC QLQ-H&N35, and HADS.
A few statistically significant differences were found, all favoring the controls. Controls reported better global quality of life after 1 year and felt less ill after 3 years. Depression and treatment-related side effects were prevalent in both groups.
Our psychosocial support program did not improve HRQL in H&N cancer patients. Its effectiveness may be improved by evaluating and actively integrating HRQL assessments during the program, thereby enabling rapid and adequate symptomatic treatment and/or psychologic intervention. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 25: 576–584, 2003