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EVALUATION OF PROSTATE CANCER HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE (SPECIFIC SCALE) AMONG A SAMPLE IN BAGHDAD CITY

*Prof. Dr. Abdulkhaleq A. Ali Ghalib Al-Naqeeb and Ahmed Aziz Hasan

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Objectives: this study amid to identify and study most properties of the specific health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) in men with prostate cancer, and to find out relationships among distribution of an overall assessment quality of life improvement and socio-demographic characteristics, as well as with general information variables. Methodology: A cross sectional design study was conducted to evaluate Specific Quality of life in patients with prostate cancer. A convenient, purposive sample of 100 adults patients with prostate cancer who have been diagnosed and treated in Al-Amal National Hospital for cancer management and Oncology Center in Baghdad Medical city where they admitted for treatment and follow up visits. This study applied format concerning Specific QoL Questionnaires related to prostate cancer [Jack A. Clark. 2010]. The methods used descriptive statistics (Observed frequencies, percentages, mean of score, standard deviation, relative sufficiency, and contingency coefficient relationships) to evaluate the Specific QoL-Improvements, as well as inferential statistical methods are used such that (Chi-Square test, Binomial test, and Contingency's Coefficients test). Results: Regarding Specific QoL, overall results shows moderate assessment, but some domains are reported worse assessment than others specially (sexual confidence, marital affection and regret) domains, other domains accounted moderate responses and those are (urinary control, masculine and self-esteem, heath worry, cancer control, informed decision and outlook), while (sexual intimacy and PSA concern) domains are accounted high responding, therefore, prostate cancer patients have instability of their daily life cycle, within a moderate level. In addition to that, Overall specific QoL redistribution shows that (SDCv., and GIv.) reported significant relationships in at least at P<0.05, except with marital status, education, residency, and asking whether patients are under treatment now, since weak relationships are obtained with no significant at P>0.05. Recommendations: Establishing of educational program to improve health related quality of life for prostate cancer patients. As well as initiation of support groups for men having it, psychosocial care of men with0advanced cancer is an important0consideration. Sexual rehabilitation principles for persons0with0chronic illness may prove useful. Psychological interventions for sexual sequelae need to be offered and individualized to patients, regardless of their age or partnership. Governmental commitment by offering all support to improve HRQoL for prostate cancer patients generally by providing cancer medications and support by their socio-economic status by providing financial donation.

Keywords: Quality of life, Prostate cancer, Health related QoL, Life style impact by prostate cancer.


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