Long-term quality of life among Dutch prostate cancer survivors

Results of a population-based study

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  • Floortje Mols MSc,

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    1. Comprehensive Cancer Center South, Eindhoven Cancer Registry, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
    2. Department of Psychology and Health, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands
    • Comprehensive Cancer Center South, Eindhoven Cancer Registry, P.O. Box 231, 5600 AE Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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  • L. V. van de Poll-Franse PhD,

    1. Comprehensive Cancer Center South, Eindhoven Cancer Registry, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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  • A. J. J. M. Vingerhoets PhD,

    1. Department of Psychology and Health, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands
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  • A. Hendrikx MD, PhD,

    1. Department of Urology, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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  • N. K. Aaronson PhD,

    1. Department of Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology, the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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  • S. Houterman PhD,

    1. Comprehensive Cancer Center South, Eindhoven Cancer Registry, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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  • J. W. W. Coebergh MD, PhD,

    1. Comprehensive Cancer Center South, Eindhoven Cancer Registry, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
    2. Department of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Center-University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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  • M. L. Essink-Bot MD, PhD

    1. Department of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Center-University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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Errata

This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Erratum: Long-term quality of life among Dutch prostate cancer survivors Volume 122, Issue 6, 974, Article first published online: 30 December 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND.

In this report, the authors describe the health-related quality of life (HRQL) of long-term prostate cancer survivors 5 to 10 years after diagnosis and compare it with the HRQL of an age-matched, normative sample of the general Dutch population.

METHODS.

The population-based Eindhoven Cancer Registry was used to select all men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer from 1994 to 1998. Nine hundred sixty-four patients received questionnaires (the 36-item Short Form Health Survey [SF-36] and the Quality of Life-Cancer Survivors questionnaire), and 780 of 964 patients responded (81%).

RESULTS.

Unselected, long-term prostate cancer survivors reported comparable HRQL scores but worse General Health Perceptions and better Mental Health scores than an age-matched, normative population. Patients who underwent radical prostatectomy had the highest physical HRQL, followed by patients who received ‘watchful waiting,’ and patients who received radiotherapy. Patients who received hormone treatment, in general, had the lowest physical HRQL.

CONCLUSIONS.

The results of this study suggested that the long-term HRQL of prostate cancer survivors may vary significantly as a function of the type of primary treatment. Because baseline differences between treatment groups cannot be excluded as part of the explanation for these differences, the current findings need to be verified in longitudinal studies. Cancer 2006. © 2006 American Cancer Society.

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