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Oncology Health-Related Quality of Life Assessment

Oncology was one of the first disease areas where trade-offs between quality of life and quantity of life were recognized. Over time, a variety of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measures have been used to quantify the impacts of cancer and its treatments on the quality of life, and several measures have been developed to assess HRQOL in cancer specifically.

Studies of HRQOL in cancer populations have been used to inform decision making at several levels, including policy making and population monitoring, clinical trials and observational studies, and individual patient-clinician interactions. Various HRQOL measures have been used within and across studies at the different levels of decision making. Thus, researchers and clinicians who are faced with the task of selecting which HRQOL measure to use in ...

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