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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2001;44(10):1761-1768.
Published online October 1, 2001.
Quality of Life in Women Who Underwent Radical Hysterectomy.
Eun Ji Lee, Young Gi Lee, Doo Jin Lee, Sung Ho Lee, Hyung Bae Park
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yeungnam University Hospital, Taegu, Korea.
2Department of Psychiatry, Yeungnam University Hospital, Taegu, Korea.
he authors evaluated the quality of life in women who underwent radical hysterectomy. METHODS: he protocol of functional assessment of chronic illness therapy by Cella was used to evaluate the quality of life after radical hysterectomy in 156 women. The data was standardized and scaled 0-100 points by Rasch's assessment model. The statistical analysis was done with ANOVA and post-Hoc test. RESULTS: Those with a lower ECOG performance score, housewives, workers, and those who are married had a higher sense of well-being than those with a higher ECOG performance score or who were jobless or widowed. Women with no family or who are single mothers showed lower emotional well-being (EWB) and Medicare patients had a lower social/family well-being (SFWB) or functional assessment of cancer therapy with general (FACT-G) than those who had medical insurances. The EWB and specific symptoms confined to cervical cancer (CxCs) were found to be higher in women who were diagnosed to be at stage I than those to be at stage II. The physical well-being (PWB) was found to be lower in women when adjunctive chemotherapy or radiation therapy had been performed than only the surgery had been done, and the CxCs was found to be lower in women when radiation therapy had been performed than only the surgery had been done. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that familial, social condition, clinical stage, and treatment modality affect the quality of life of each patient. In conclusion, our results support the importance of earlier prediction and a proper management plan to improve the quality of life in women who had underwent radical hysterectomy.
Key Words: Radical Hysterectomy, Quality of Life

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