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1077 Quality of life of Omani women living with gynecological cancers
  1. H Al-Awaisi1,
  2. I Burney2 and
  3. M Albalushi2
  1. 1Oman, Muscat, Oman
  2. 2Sultan Qaboos University, Sib, Oman


Introduction/Background*The vast majority of patients with cancers of uterus, the uterine cervix, and a significant number of patients with cancer of the ovary survive their disease and are considered to be cured. However, the diagnosis of cancer and its treatment can affect quality of life (QoL) adversely. There is no study reporting Qol from Oman and there are only a few studies from Arabic-speaking countries. We report the QoL of Omani women living with gynecological cancers.

Methodology We interviewed 20 Omani women attending the medical oncology clinic in a cancer center in Oman using the validated Arabic version of EORTC QLQ-C30 scale.

Result(s)*The majority of women were married (60%) with a median age of 40 years, 65% had ovarian or endometrial cancers, 45% had at least a baccalaureate and 40% were working. The majority (78.9%) received both chemotherapy and surgery for their treatment. Almost 45% women had trouble with long walks, needed to take rest, experienced shortness of breath and disturbed sleep, felt tired, had difficulty in concentrating, and felt irritable. However, 80% rated their overall health as 6 and 7 on a scale ranging from 1 to 7, with 7 being excellent. Furthermore, 95% rated their quality of life in the past week as 5, 6 and 7, with 7 being excellent.

Conclusion*The results indicate that despite the physical and social struggle, Omani women who survive gynecological cancers regard their health-related QoL as very good to excellent.

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