Quality of life and cancer-related needs in patients with choroidal melanoma

Joshua F. Wiley, Kelsey Laird, Tammy Beran, Tara A. McCannel, Annette L. Stanton

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Aims: To assess quality of life (QoL) indices and their associations with treatment modality, sociodemographics and cancer-related needs in choroidal melanoma patients. Methods: Patients (N=99) treated at the University of California, Los Angeles, for choroidal melanoma within the prior 5 years (M=2.05) completed questionnaires assessing demographics, cancer-related needs, vision-specific QoL, depressive symptoms and concern about recurrence. Visual acuity, comorbidities, treatment modality (radiotherapy, enucleation) and years since diagnosis were gathered from medical records. Primary analyses were multiple regressions. Results: Although concern about cancer recurrence was elevated, QoL was better than in other oncology samples and comparable with healthy samples on some outcomes. Enucleation was associated with worse vision-specific QoL, and presence of comorbid diseases was associated with worse vision-specific QoL, depressive symptoms and concern about cancer recurring (all p values

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1471-1474
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

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