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J Clin Nurs. 2014 May;23(9-10):1257-62. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12311. Epub 2013 Sep 5.

Analysis of factors affecting the life quality of the patients with late stomach cancer.

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  • 1Gastrointestinal Surgery, the First Affiliates Hospital of Liaoning Medical University, Jinzhou, China.

Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

To provide a theoretical basis for the clinical care of patients with late stomach cancer, we investigated the life quality and analysed its related factor in the patients with late stomach cancer.

BACKGROUND:

Due to the lack of effective screening methods, stomach cancer usually has been in the advanced stage when patients are diagnosed. However, the treatment for late stomach cancer is a tough problem in today's medicine. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy brings patients physiological and psychological distress and heavy financial burden, affecting patients' therapeutic effects, prognosis and life quality.

DESIGN:

The patients with late stomach cancer were included, and then, questionnaires about the life quality were completed.

METHODS:

Questionnaires including European Organisation for Research on Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30, Social Support Rating Scale, Medical Coping Modes Questionnaire and Self-rating Anxiety Scale were completed by 173 patients with late stomach cancer who received treatment in our hospital between May 2010 and May 2011. Correlation analyses were performed.

RESULTS:

The overall score of the life quality of the patients with late stomach cancer was only 29·54 ± 12·21. The social support, medical coping modes, anxiety and patients' clinical data (except radiotherapy) markedly affected the overall life quality of the patients with late stomach cancer (p < 0·05).

CONCLUSION:

The life quality of the patients with late stomach cancer is poor and is associated with many factors.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE:

This study provides a theoretical basis for better nursing the patients with late stomach cancer and improving their life quality.

© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

KEYWORDS:

late stomach cancer; life quality; life quality-related factors

PMID:
24033817
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