Thyroid CA Patients Report Poor QOL, Despite Good Prognoses
HealthDay News —Thyroid cancer survivors report lower quality of life than people who survive other cancers, according to research published in the Dec. 17 issue of Thyroid.
The study included 1,174 thyroid cancer survivors, average age 48, from across the United States and Canada. The participants were given a questionnaire that assessed their physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being.
The survivors reported an average of 5.5 out of 10 on a quality-of-life scale. This was lower than the average of 6.75 among survivors of colorectal, breast, and other types of cancer that require more intensive treatment and have worse prognoses. Younger, female, and less educated thyroid cancer survivors tended to have the lowest quality-of-life scores. Many had participated in survivor groups, the researchers noted. After five years, however, the researchers found that quality-of-life scores gradually increased.
Thyroid cancer survivors have a high rate of disease recurrence and require lifetime cancer surveillance, which could help explain their lower quality-of-life scores, the researchers said.