Asian Oncol Nurs.  2015 Dec;15(4):246-255. 10.5388/aon.2015.15.4.246.

Health-related Needs and Quality of Life in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Incheon Catholic University, Incheon, Korea. susanna@iccu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to identify the health-related needs and quality of life in childhood cancer survivors and to identify the relationship between health-related needs and quality of life.
METHODS
Data were collected from April 11 to May 30, 2014. The participants aged 18~35 years diagnosed with a childhood cancer had completed actual treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy) at least two years earlier. They were randomly selected from among childhood cancer survivors under follow-up management after cancer treatment at three general hospitals in Korea. Descriptive statistics, t-tests, one-way ANOVA, the post-hoc Scheffe test, and Pearson's correlation coefficients were used to analyze the data.
RESULTS
Among the 371 participants, 214 (57.7%) were male and the mean age was 22.5 years. The mean score for health-related needs was 2.72 out of 5. Positive self-motivation need had the highest mean score of domain. The mean score for quality of life was 5.92 out of 10. Health-related needs and quality of life were negatively correlated (r= - .70, p<.001).
CONCLUSION
Health-related needs of childhood cancer survivors should be regularly assessed to meet their needs and improve the quality of life of childhood cancer survivors.

Keyword

Childhood; Neoplasms; Survivors; Needs; Quality of Life

MeSH Terms

Drug Therapy
Follow-Up Studies
Hospitals, General
Humans
Korea
Male
Quality of Life*
Survivors*
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