Metrics to assess quality of life after management of early-stage lung cancer

Jeff A. Sloan

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Quality of life (QOL) is a key clinical outcome in patients with lung cancer because of the debilitating nature of the disease and its treatments. In recent years, advances have been made in the assessment of QOL via patient-reported outcomes. A brief history of the evolution of QOL measures in oncology clinical trials and practice is given with specific reference to early-stage lung cancer. The role that QOL can play as a prognostic factor, especially among lung cancer patients, is delineated. The most commonly seen symptoms among lung cancer patients are listed. This review is intended to provide the clinical researcher with a summary of the alternative measures that are both valid and reasonable to consider when assessing QOL in early-stage lung cancer patients. Suggestions for QOL assessment in both a research setting and clinical environment are considered. A review of the most popular QOL assessments in general application to lung cancer and disease-specific measures is provided. An algorithm for selecting appropriate QOL assessments for lung cancer clinical research is provided. The primary conclusion from this work is that scientifically sound investigations into the QOL of early-stage lung cancer patients are feasible and encouraged so that the care of these patients can be optimized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-67
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Lung cancer
  • clinical significance
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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