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Symptom Clusters and Quality of Life in Survivors of Ovarian Cancer

Symptom Clusters and Quality of Life in Survivors of Ovarian Cancer Copyright B 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Sherry W. Fox, PhD, RN, CNRN Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP Symptom Clusters and Quality of Life in Survivors of Ovarian Cancer KEY W OR DS Ovarian cancer has nonspecific symptoms, and no screening tool is available for Cancer survivors early diagnosis; therefore, only 19% of ovarian cancers are found at an early stage. Ovarian cancer Given the late diagnosis, women with ovarian cancer often have a prolonged course Quality of life of treatment and significant morbidity that lasts into survivorship. However, Symptom clusters distressing symptoms and their effects on quality of life have been relatively understudied, particularly in survivors of the disease. The purpose of this study was to describe a symptom cluster and its relationship to quality of life in women with ovarian cancer who were recruited from an online cancer support group. Descriptive statistics and hierarchical regression techniques were used to analyze the data obtained from a larger study testing the psychometric properties of a quality-of-life instrument. Most participants had stage III ovarian cancer, and nearly all (97%) had undergone treatment before the study. A symptom cluster composed of depression and fatigue was identified using http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cancer Nursing Wolters Kluwer Health

Symptom Clusters and Quality of Life in Survivors of Ovarian Cancer

Cancer Nursing , Volume 30 (5) – Sep 1, 2007

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ISSN
0162-220X
eISSN
1538-9804
DOI
10.1097/01.NCC.0000290809.61206.ef
pmid
17876181
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Copyright B 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Sherry W. Fox, PhD, RN, CNRN Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP Symptom Clusters and Quality of Life in Survivors of Ovarian Cancer KEY W OR DS Ovarian cancer has nonspecific symptoms, and no screening tool is available for Cancer survivors early diagnosis; therefore, only 19% of ovarian cancers are found at an early stage. Ovarian cancer Given the late diagnosis, women with ovarian cancer often have a prolonged course Quality of life of treatment and significant morbidity that lasts into survivorship. However, Symptom clusters distressing symptoms and their effects on quality of life have been relatively understudied, particularly in survivors of the disease. The purpose of this study was to describe a symptom cluster and its relationship to quality of life in women with ovarian cancer who were recruited from an online cancer support group. Descriptive statistics and hierarchical regression techniques were used to analyze the data obtained from a larger study testing the psychometric properties of a quality-of-life instrument. Most participants had stage III ovarian cancer, and nearly all (97%) had undergone treatment before the study. A symptom cluster composed of depression and fatigue was identified using

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Cancer NursingWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Sep 1, 2007

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