Assessing One-Year QoL Trends in Early-Stage Lung Cancer Patients After Lobectomy

By Robert Dillard - Last Updated: March 5, 2021

A study that appeared in Frontiers in Psychology sought to identify one-year trends of quality of life (QoL) in patients with lung cancer.

Researchers analyzed a sample of 176 patients with lung cancer who underwent lobectomy and completed the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 pre-hospitalization and 30 days, four months, eight months, and 12 months after surgery. They also collected sociodemographic and clinical characteristics such as age, gender, and perioperative complications.

According to the results, patients displayed a strong recovery following lobectomy, with improved functioning and declined symptoms. Perioperative complications, type of surgery, pre-surgery status, and age significantly affected these trends, thus becoming predictors of patients’ QoL, the researchers noted.

They concluded that this study “highlights different one-year trends of lung cancer patients’ QoL. The measurement of pre- and post-surgery QoL and its clinical and sociodemographic covariables would be necessary to better investigate patients’ care process and implement personalized medicine in lung cancer hospital divisions.”