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Mil Med. 2008 Oct;173(10):1035-41.

Adaptation and quality of life among long-term cervical cancer survivors in the military health care system.

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Prevention and Control Program, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study assessed quality of life in long-term cervical cancer survivors eligible for health care in the military health system.

METHODS:

TRICARE beneficiaries who were diagnosed as having cervical cancer in 1980 to 2000 completed self-administered questionnaires including standardized measures of quality of life, distress, and sexuality.

RESULTS:

Forty-one women (72% of those who received questionnaire packets) provided questionnaire data. More than 2,500 questionnaires were undeliverable, with no forwarding address. Data indicated that quality of life, cervical cancer-related stress, and intimacy concerns were comparable to population normative values. Survivors received more cancer screenings than the general population. Nearly one-half of respondents reported no effect of cancer on their sexual relationships, whereas approximately one-half said that cancer had a negative impact.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although cervical cancer survivors overall reported a high quality of life, many experienced significant decrements in sexual functioning. The Automated Central Tumor Registry presents challenges and potential for conducting this kind of research.

PMID:
19160626
DOI:
10.7205/milmed.173.10.1035
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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