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Contemporary Quality of Life Issues Affecting Gynecologic Cancer Survivors

Gynecology Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10065, USA.
Hematology/oncology clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 2.07). 02/2012; 26(1):169-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.hoc.2011.11.001
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ABSTRACT Regardless of cancer origin or age of onset, the disease and its treatment can produce short- and long-term sequelae (ie, sexual dysfunction, infertility, or lymphedema) that adversely affect quality of life (QOL). This article outlines the primary contemporary issues or concerns that may affect QOL and offers strategies to offset or mitigate QOL disruption. These contemporary issues are identified within the domains of sexual functioning, reproductive issues, lymphedema, and the contribution of health-related QOL in influential gynecologic cancer clinical trials.

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