DeAnn Lazovich, Kim Robien, Gretchen Cutler, Beth Virnig and Carol Sweeney Quality of life in a prospective cohort of elderly women with and without cancer Cancer 115
By examining quality of life in a prospective cohort of elderly women with and without cancer, cancer-related effects on quality of life could be distinguished from influences of aging, comorbidity, current treatment, or second primary cancers. As a result, the authors found lower scores for the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) General Health scale and comparable SF-36 Mental Health scores among survivors relative to cancer-free women. Quality of life decrements were observed across most SF-36 scales for survivors of specific cancers, those with advanced stage, and those who had survived the longest.
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