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1242 Quality of life in gynecological cancer
  1. Cyrine Mokrani,
  2. Alia Mousli,
  3. Khadija Ben Zid,
  4. Najla Attia,
  5. Semia Zarraa,
  6. Safia Yahiaoui,
  7. Rim Abidi and
  8. Chiraz Nasr
  1. Radiotherapy departement, Salah Azaiz Institute, Tunis, Tunisia


Introduction/Background The physical and emotional impacts make health-related quality of life an important endpoint for women with gynecological cancer. In addition to medical treatment, it is essential for them to receive psychological and social support. The aim of the study is to assess the quality of life of women patients in our institute.

Methodology A survey of 40 women undergoing oncological treatment at the Salah Azaiz Institute. They were offered an Arabic version of the EORTC QLQ-C-30 questionnaire to assess various aspects of quality of life.

Results Medium age at diagnosis was 53 years (39–69 years). The majority of patients were married (65%). Half of them has received primary education and 20.7% were illiterate. Breast cancer was the most prevalent (75%) followed by endometrial and ovarian cancer (25%). Only ten women were in a recurrent stage of the disease. The total score ranges between 42 and 78, with a preserved global quality of life. After assessing emotional aspects, the majority reported anxiety and mental distress (60%). Patients who had lower level of education presented more depression and financial difficulties (p<0.01). Women with poor economic level had less family support. No difference was found in quality-of-life scores regardless of the primary site. When asked, forty percent of patients reports having excellent quality of life.

Conclusion Findings from our study underscore the importance of assessing the different aspects of quality of life for women with advanced gynecological cancer. Healthcare providers should demonstrate greater concern toward them.

Disclosures The authors declare no competing interests.

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