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EP1112 The impact of chemo radio therapy: a qualitative study
  1. NJ Schuur,
  2. HA van der Steege,
  3. M Folsche and
  4. HJ van Beekhuizen
  1. Gynaecological Oncology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Introduction/Background Although chemoradiotherapy for uterine cervical carcinoma is an effective treatment there is less knowledge about the impact on daily life for these women. What limitations do they have to face and what is the impact in social and economic functioning? There is a need to know what is the best way to support these women.

Methodology A qualitative study was performed using semi structured interviews among nine women with cervical cancer. All nine women filled in the EORTC-QLQ-C30 and the EORTC-QLQ-Cx24 questionnaires to see if these questionnaires can be used to identify potential health issues and supportive care needs.

Results Even years after chemoradiotherapy therapy women are struggling with physical and mental limitations like fatigue, bowel problems, anxiety, and decreased sexual and cognitive functioning. Limitations which have a negative effect on social-economical functioning. Women are in need to receive individual supportive care and practical help returning to work. The impact on quality of life can be monitored using the EORTC-QLQ-C30 and the EORTC-QLQ-Cx24 questionnaires.

Conclusion Supportive care for women after chemo radiation therapy needs more attention. Women need a dedicated healthcare professional who helps her to deal with physical, mental and sexual limitations. Women are capable to return to work when they get support. The EORTC-QLQ-C30 and the EORTC-Cx24 can be used to identify potential healthcare problems and supportive care needs in the follow up period.

Disclosure Nothing to disclose

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