You are here

Impact of anaemia on health-related quality of life and cardiac remodelling in patients with lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes. Results of GlobQoL study

Ramos F, Pedro C, Tormo M, de Paz R, Font P, Luño E, Caballero M, Solano F, Almagro M, Xicoy B, Jiménez M.

 Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2016 Jan 4. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12426. [Epub ahead of print]


The aim of this study was to analyse the eventual changes in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and left ventricular function (LVF) over a 1-year follow-up period in a cohort of patients with lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) receiving standard supportive treatment, in order to identify potential clues for early clinical intervention, as well as to analyse how they relate to haemoglobin levels and other aspects of the disease. A total of 39 adult anaemic patients with lower risk MDS were included in a prospective, observational, multi-centre study. Changes in performance status, functional capacity and HRQoL were collected by using standardised measures (ECOG scale; SPPB, Short Physical Performance Battery; SF-36, Short-Form 36 questionnaire; QLQ-C30, Quality of Life Core Questionnaire; FACT-An, Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Anaemia scale questionnaires respectively). Need for transfusion (Linear Analogue Scale Assessment), as perceived independently by the patient and the haematologist, was also recorded. No changes in HRQoL (or LVF) were found, except for slight reductions in SF-36 physical function (P = 0.034), SPPB gait speed (P = 0.038) and FACT-An score (P = 0.029), all without apparent immediate clinical relevance for HRQoL, that were unrelated to changes in haemoglobin level. Periodical evaluation of gait speed may assist the clinician in early detection of patient's occult functional decline before it becomes clinically relevant.

Search this site

Featured videos

Free access to ebooks on cachexia and CINV


Prevention of nausea and vomiting in
adult cancer patients receiving tumour-
directed therapy – 2017 update –

Cancer cachexia: mechanisms and progress in treatment


Stay up-to-date with our monthly e-alert

If you want to regularly receive information on what is happening in Quality of Life in Oncology research sign up to our e-alert.

Subscribe »

QOL (Quality of Life) newsletter e-alert

Quality of Life promotional video

Made possible by an educational grant from Helsinn

Helsinn does not have any influence on the content and all items are subject to independent peer and editorial review

Society Partners

European Cancer Organisation Logo