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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2019, Volume : 12, Issue : 7
First page : ( 3289) Last page : ( 3294)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2019.00545.6

The Quality of Life and Fatigue of Gastric Cancer Patients

Bang Ho-Yoon1, Yeun Eun-Ja2, Kim Hee-Jeong3,*

1School of Medicine, 120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Konkuk University, Seoul, 05029, Korea

2Nursing Department, 268 Chungwon-Daero, Chungju-SI, Chungbuk, 27478, Korea

3Nursing Department, 91, Daehak-ro, Seonghwan-eup, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, 31020, Korea

*Corresponding Author E-mail: yshbb@nsu.ac.kr

Online published on 24 December, 2019.

Abstract

Background/Objectives

This study was conducted to identify the quality of life and fatigue of patients with gastric cancer and to analyze various factors to develop fatigue measuring tools for cancer patients.

Methods/Statistical analysis

From October 2014 to February 2015, data were collected from 140 gastric cancer patients at two higher-grade general hospitals in Seoul. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the general characteristics of the subjects, and the relationship between quality of life and fatigue was analyzed using Pearson's correlation.

Findings

The average score of the subject's pain was 16.29±22.32. The mean fatigue score was 23.73±25.79, and the mean quality of life score was 42.02±33.93. Quality of life was negatively correlated with cancer fatigue (r=-.454, p<.001). The quality of life subscale and cancer fatigue were significantly negatively correlated with overall QOL and general health (r = -.295, p <.001), physical factors (r = -.506, p <.001), psychological factors (r=-.352, p <.001), social factors (r = -.406, p <.001), and environmental factors (r =.314, p <.001).

Improvements/Applications

This study confirmed the factors related to the quality of life and fatigue of patients with gastric cancer. In the future, we suggest establishing the fatigue factor of Korean cancer patients through more active and careful research.

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Keywords

Gastric cancer, Cancer, Quality of life, Fatigue, cancer fatigue.

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