The quality of life after radical radiotherapy for bladder cancer.


The quality of life in 72 patients who had shown a complete response to radiotherapy, using a modified bladder symptom score and the Nottingham health profile, was compared with the quality of life in a similar control group matched for age and sex. There was no significant difference in either group. The records of 69 patients who had undergone post-radiation salvage cystectomy were reviewed, looking specifically at surgical complications. There were 3 post-operative deaths (5%), 3 pulmonary emboli and 3 fistulae--with some overlap of complications. Five patients who underwent cystectomy for intractable symptoms in the apparent absence of recurrent tumour were found to have residual cancer in the excised specimens.


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@article{Lynch1992TheQO, title={The quality of life after radical radiotherapy for bladder cancer.}, author={William J Lynch and B. J. Jenkins and Christopher G. Fowler and Harold F. Hope-Stone and J. P. Blandy}, journal={British journal of urology}, year={1992}, volume={70 5}, pages={519-21} }