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J Psychosoc Oncol. 2006;24(3):125-45.

Health-related quality of life for Latino survivors of childhood cancer.

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  • 1David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA. jcasillas@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

This study compared the similarities and differences in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among Latino and non-Latino adult long-term survivors of childhood cancer using the qualitative methodologies of focus groups and individual semistructured telephone interviews. The study also compared the sample's HRQOL, as measured by the Short-form 12 to the general, healthy United States population normative data. The data suggest that Latino survivors are reporting good HRQOL similar to the non-Latinos. The findings suggest that the paradigm of negative consequences of cure should be expanded to one, which also includes the positive impact of cure for ethnically diverse populations of childhood cancer survivors.

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