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Adjuvant endocrine treatment-related adverse effects have a strong impact on patients’ quality of life and thereby limit therapy’s risk benefit ratio resulting in morbidity and treatment discontinuation. Still, many AI adverse effects remain untreated given that they are unrecognized by conservative methods (e.g., proxy ratings). The ability of(More)
BACKGROUND Patient-reported Outcomes (PROs) capturing e.g., quality of life, fatigue, depression, medication side-effects or disease symptoms, have become important outcome parameters in medical research and daily clinical practice. Electronic PRO data capture (ePRO) with software packages to administer questionnaires, storing data, and presenting results(More)
In chemotherapy trials quality of life (QOL) is assessed mostly at the days of chemotherapy administration (i.e. event-driven) during treatment and follows fixed time intervals in the aftercare phase (i.e. time-driven). Specific QOL impairments and treatment side-effects are known to be time dependent following different trajectories. Therefore, acute(More)
CONTEXT Taste alterations (TAs) and smell alterations (SAs) are frequently observed, yet understudied side effects in chemotherapy patients, considerably affecting patients' quality of life. OBJECTIVES This review provides a systematic evaluation of the literature on TAs and SAs in cancer chemotherapy patients and discloses understudied research(More)
BACKGROUND Comprehensive outcome assessments after breast reconstruction (BRR) require surgery-specific patient-reported outcome measures. The aims of this study were to assess the relevance, acceptability and redundancy of questions/items (phase III pretesting) of a new BRR questionnaire evaluating patients' health-related quality of life before and after(More)
Current studies on adherence to endocrine therapy in breast cancer patients suffer from methodological limitations due to a lack of well-validated methods for assessing adherence. There is no gold standard for measuring adherence. The aim of our study was to compare four different approaches for evaluating adherence to anastrozole therapy for breast cancer(More)
INTRODUCTION Due to the high mortality of cancer a large number of patients pass a preterminal phase of their illness. Within this phase medical care aims at maintaining patients' quality of life (QOL) and reducing symptom burden. Our study investigated the patient-reported severity of QOL impairments during the last year of life, with a special focus on(More)
Allogenic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) has become an effective therapy in patients with various haematological malignancies. GvHD is known to be a major complication in this patient group and is assumed to have a major impact on patients' quality of life (QOL). Patients after BMT or transplantation of mobilized PBSCs were considered for(More)
INTRODUCTION Within an ongoing project of the EORTC Quality of Life Group, we are developing computerized adaptive test (CAT) measures for the QLQ-C30 scales. These new CAT measures are conceptualised to reflect the same constructs as the QLQ-C30 scales. Accordingly, the Fatigue-CAT is intended to capture physical and general fatigue. METHODS The EORTC(More)
There is substantial evidence that circulating estrogens promote the proliferation of breast cancer. Consequently, adjuvant hormonal treatment strategies targeting estrogen action have been established. Such hormonal therapies include selective estrogen receptor modulators, such as tamoxifen, which interfere at the estrogen receptors directly, or(More)