Cancer survivors generally fare better than patients with chronic diseases – and what we can learn from it

Editor’s commentary by Dr. Florian Scotté

Previous studies found an either equal or better health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of cancer survivors compared to patients with chronic disease. In the study Health-Related Quality of Life and Health Care Use in Cancer Survivors Compared With Patients With Chronic Diseases by Marianne Heins and colleagues, a total of 82% of patients returned their questionnaire (601 cancer survivors and 1052 patients with chronic diseases). It confirmed that cancer survivors had a better average HRQOL. The impact on physical and social domains was stronger; this was more pronounced in female survivors. There was no significant difference on the mental functioning subscale.


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Dr. Matti S. Aapro: Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Matti Aapro received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He was a fellow...

Dr Florian Scotté - Section Editor

Florian Scotté MD PHD is a medical oncologist in the Department of Oncology at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital, where...

Dr Carla Ripamonti - Section Editor

Carla Ida Ripamonti, M.D. specializes in medical oncology and clinical pharmacology. She is currently the Head of Supportive Care in...

Dr Ricardo Caponero - Section Editor

Dr Ricardo Caponero graduated in Medicine from Universidade de São Paulo, in 1984. Followed by a Fellowship in Radiotherapy at...

Dr Anton Snegovoy - Section Editor

ACADEMIC POSITIONS: Senior Research Associate, the Department of Research of New Anticancer Drugs with Out-patients Chemotherapy Unit, N.N.Blokhin Russian Cancer...

Dr Martin Chasen - Section Editor

Dr. Martin Chasen is currently the Medical Director, Palliative Care, at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and the Medical Director...

Dr. Karin Jordan - Section Editor

Dr. Karin Jordan graduated from Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, after internships in the bone-marrow transplantation program at the...

Dr Jørn Herrstedt - Editorial Board Member

Jørn Herrstedt, MD, DMSci, is Professor in Clinical Oncology at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Consultant at the...

Dr Andrew Bottomley – Editorial Board Member

Andrew Bottomley is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychology Society United Kingdom (U.K.). Dr Bottomley has spent...

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