Health-related quality of life in adolescents at the time of diagnosis with osteosarcoma or acute myeloid leukemia

Pamela S. Hinds, Catherine A. Billups, Xueyuan Cao, Jami S. Gattuso, Elizabeth Burghen, Nancy West, Jeffrey E. Rubnitz, Najat C. Daw

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Abstract

Although measuring health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in adolescents with cancer helps clinicians to personalize care for their patients, no previous studies have included HRQoL measurement at the time of diagnosis of osteosarcoma (OS) or acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of measuring adolescents' HRQoL at the time of their diagnosis of OS or AML, and to compare their ratings with those of their parents and of similarly diagnosed but younger patients aged 8-12 years. Participants included 126 patients (79 adolescents) and 130 parents (78 parents of adolescents); most completed the HRQoL instrument/s within 48 h of the first chemotherapy cycle. Ninety-three percent of adolescents diagnosed with OS and 93% of those diagnosed with AML completed the HRQoL instruments. Agreement between the adolescents and their parents ranged from 0.29 to 0.71 (OS) and 0.44 to 0.62 (AML). In all domains, OS adolescents had significantly lower PedsQL v.4.0 scores than adolescents with AML. Our findings demonstrates the feasibility of measuring HRQoL in adolescents with OS or AML (and their parents) at the time of diagnosis, and thus their HRQoL ratings can be used to inform their cancer care from diagnosis forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-163
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

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Osteosarcoma
Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Quality of Life
Parents
Neoplasms
Patient Care
Drug Therapy

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Health-related quality of life in adolescents at the time of diagnosis with osteosarcoma or acute myeloid leukemia. / Hinds, Pamela S.; Billups, Catherine A.; Cao, Xueyuan; Gattuso, Jami S.; Burghen, Elizabeth; West, Nancy; Rubnitz, Jeffrey E.; Daw, Najat C.

In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, Vol. 13, No. 3, 01.07.2009, p. 156-163.

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Hinds, Pamela S. ; Billups, Catherine A. ; Cao, Xueyuan ; Gattuso, Jami S. ; Burghen, Elizabeth ; West, Nancy ; Rubnitz, Jeffrey E. ; Daw, Najat C. / Health-related quality of life in adolescents at the time of diagnosis with osteosarcoma or acute myeloid leukemia. In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2009 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 156-163.
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