Health-related quality of life, faecal continence and bowel function in rectal cancer patients after chemoradiotherapy followed by radical surgery

@article{Pucciarelli2009HealthrelatedQO,
  title={Health-related quality of life, faecal continence and bowel function in rectal cancer patients after chemoradiotherapy followed by radical surgery},
  author={Salvatore Pucciarelli and Paola Del Bianco and Fabio Efficace and Paola Toppan and Samantha Serpentini and Maria Luisa Friso and Sara Lonardi and Gian Luca De Salvo and Donato Nitti},
  journal={Supportive Care in Cancer},
  year={2009},
  volume={18},
  pages={601-608}
}
To evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQOL), faecal continence and bowel function of patients with rectal cancer who underwent preoperative chemoradiotherapy (pCRT) in a cross-sectional setting. Out of 185 consecutive patients who underwent pCRT for rectal cancer from 1994 to 2004 at a single institution, 101 were eligible for the study. Causes of exclusion were: death (n = 38), not radical surgery or recurrence (n = 21), presence of stoma at the time of the survey (n = 15), lost to… CONTINUE READING

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