Multiple Dimensions of the Symptom Experience in Patients with Advanced Cancer and their Impact on Quality of Life
Many people with advanced cancer experience multiple severe symptoms as their disease progresses such as pain, sleep problems, fatigue, and depression. These symptoms can be a result of the cancer itself, cancer treatment or an interaction of the two. The studies reported in this dissertation uses the patients' own responses to survey questions to describe the multiple dimensions of the symptom experience; the factors that predict the total number of symptoms; as well as the optimal cutpoint between a low and a high number of symptoms and the between group differences in patient outcomes (i.e., depression, anxiety, quality-of-life).
Cancer Patients, Depression, Neoplasm Metastasis, Quality of Life, Anxiety, California, Human, Treatment Outcomes
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