Symptom prevalence and management of cancer patients in Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Doumit, Myrna
dc.contributor.author Huijer, Huda Abu-Saad
dc.contributor.author Abboud, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-24T13:10:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-24T13:10:38Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-10-24
dc.identifier.issn 0885-3924 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/4670
dc.description.abstract Context Cancer patients experience a great number of distressing physical and psychological symptoms. In Lebanon, there are no available data on symptom prevalence and symptom management in adults with cancer. Objectives The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of symptoms and the effectiveness of treatment received as reported by patients. Methods The study used a cross-sectional, descriptive survey design. The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30) and the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale were translated to Arabic and used; data were collected from adult Lebanese cancer patients at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. Results A total of 200 cancer patients participated in the study; the majority were female with breast cancer and mean age was 54 years. The cognitive functioning domain of the EORTC QLQ-C30 scale was found to have the highest score and social functioning the lowest. The most prevalent symptom was lack of energy. Nausea and pain were the symptoms most treated. Males reported better quality of life (QoL), physical functioning, and role functioning than females; females reported more fatigue, pain, and appetite loss than males. Higher physical and psychological symptoms were correlated with lower health status, QoL, and functioning. Conclusion Although this sample reported a fair QoL and social functioning, many symptoms were highly prevalent and inadequately treated. Symptoms were found to negatively affect QoL and functioning. Based on these results, providing adequate symptom management and social support to Lebanese cancer patients is highly recommended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Symptom prevalence and management of cancer patients in Lebanon en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SON en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201005174 en_US
dc.author.department N/A en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Pain and Symptom Management en_US
dc.journal.volume 44 en_US
dc.journal.issue 3 en_US
dc.article.pages 386-399 en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Cancer en_US
dc.keywords Symptoms en_US
dc.keywords Symptom management en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.10.019 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Huijer, H. A. S., Abboud, S., & Doumit, M. (2012). Symptom prevalence and management of cancer patients in Lebanon. Journal of pain and symptom management, 44(3), 386-399. en_US
dc.author.email myrna.doumit@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885392412001625 en_US

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