Health Related Quality of Life in Survivorship

In the context of cancer survivorship, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) refers to the degree to which the cancer or its treatment impacts the survivor’s life. Assessed by self-report, HRQOL is by nature subjective, and complements traditional biomedical measures (e.g., survival, treatment response). Thus, HRQOL is a critical component of understanding well-being in survivorship. HRQOL is multidimensional, encompassing physical and occupational functioning, psychological states, and social interactions. Importantly, we have focused on HRQOL across the cancer continuum and in groups across the age spectrum, from adolescent and young adult cancer survivors to middle-aged and older adults. One recent project focused on developing a comprehensive measure of adolescent and young adult survivors’ HRQOL.


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