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Worse Health-Related Quality of Life For Older Cancer Survivors, Study Finds

Update Date: Nov 12, 2014 12:17 PM EST

Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is worse for older survivors of selected cancers, specifically survivors of multiple myeloma and pancreatic cancer, a new study has found. 

Researchers examined HRQOL in around 16,000 survivors of selected cancers such as kidney, bladder, pancreatic, upper gastrointestinal, uterine, cervical and thyroid cancers. They also calculated Scale scores, Physical Component Summary (PCS) and Mental Component Summary (MCS) scores. 

The study found a remarkable deficits in physical health status. The lowest scores were reported by those with multiple myeloma and pancreatic malignancies, with their PCS/MCS scores 3 or more points lower than the scores seen in individuals without cancer. 

"HRQOL surveillance efforts revealed poor health outcomes among many older adults and specifically among survivors of multiple myeloma and pancreatic cancer," the authors wrote in the study.

The study was published in the journal Cancer

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