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Marjan J. Traa, Ricardo G. Orsini, Brenda L. Den Oudsten, Jolanda De Vries, Jan A. Roukema, Sietske J. Bosman, Ralph L. Dudink and Harm J.T. Rutten Measuring the health-related quality of life and sexual functioning of patients with rectal cancer: Does type of treatment matter? International Journal of Cancer 134

Article first published online: 4 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ijc.28430

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The battle against cancer is physically and mentally taxing for many patients and can lead to declines in quality of life. Here, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) data indicates that patients with locally recurrent rectal cancer (LRRC) score worse on Future Perspective and Physical, Social, and Sexual Function measures than healthy individuals and patients with non-advanced disease or locally advanced rectal cancer. Fewer than 50 percent of men and 35 percent of women with the disease were sexually active following operative clinical courses, and only a small number reported the use of aids to improve sexual function.

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