A Treatment Stage Specific Approach to Improving Quality of Life for Women with Ovarian Cancer
Annual rept. 2004-2005
WAKE FOREST UNIV WINSTON-SALEM NC
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This study focuses on quality of life among women with ovarian cancer. The primary objective of the study is to identify the issues that are of greatest concern to women in each of three treatment stages newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer, in-treatment, and post-treatment. A longitudinal, repeated measures design will be used to assess changes in problem areas and quality of life from diagnosis to recurrence among women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The CARES-SF and FACT-O questionnaires will be administered to participants following diagnosis and prior to chemotherapy, during chemotherapy, following chemotherapy, and after recurrence. Data collection for the study will last 28 months patient accrual will last 25 months and follow-up will continue an additional 3 months. Data for the study will be collected through in-person interviews and mailed questionnaires, with possible telephone follow-up, from women treated at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center WFUBMC and Forsyth Medical Center FMC. Secondary objectives are of the study are as follows 1 to assess changes in quality of life as quantified by the FACT-O questionnaire across the different stages of care, 2 to determine which patient characteristics are predictive of quality of life at each treatment stage, 3 to determine which patient characteristics are predictive of changes in quality of life across the different treatment stages, and 4 to obtain pilot data on problems and quality of life issues for women who experience a recurrence.
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