February 07, 2019
Men with advanced disease report health-related quality of life similar to that of those with localized disease.
Most men with advanced prostate cancer (PCa) experience similar health-related quality of life to men with localized disease and even the general population in the 42 months after initial diagnosis, according to new study findings.
For the Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis study, a team led by Adam Glaser, DM, of Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's in the United Kingdom, conducted an extensive survey by mail of 35,823 PCa patients from cancer registries in England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. Of the 30,733 patients with known disease stage, 63.8% had stage I or II, 23.4% stage III, and 12.8% stage IV.
According to results published online ahead of print in Lancet Oncology, men with stage I to II and stage III PCa reported good self-assessed health on the EuroQol questionnaire, with mean scores of 77.8 and 76.6, respectively. Stage IV patients scored only slightly lower (71.7). These results compared well with scores from men in the general Irish and English populations: mean 77.2 and 74.2, respectively. Nearly a quarter (23.5%) of ...