Quality of life in Chinese women with gynaecological cancers

Alexandros Molasiotis, C. W H Chan, B. M C Yam, S. J. Chan

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Sixty-two Hong Kong Chinese women with gynaecological cancers participated in this cross-sectional study to assess their quality of life (QOL). Chinese versions of the World Health Organisation Quality of Life Measure - abbreviated version, the Profile of Mood States, and the Sexual Relationships subscale of the Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness Scale were used. Qualitative data were collected about the meaning of QOL and the areas of life most affected by the cancer and its treatments. The overall QOL was found to be moderate (mean 92.4, SD 16.34), with the domains of psychological health and social relationships most affected. The distressed facets of life were related to pain, dependency, finances, sexuality, psychological health and spirituality. Mobility, accepting one's outlook, social support and 'eating' were areas considered by these women to contribute to a better QOL. The meaning of QOL was described in terms of happiness and material resources. The overall mood score was found to be impaired (mean 43.84, SD 32.31), with relatively high scores for depression, anger and tension. Depression could explain 45% of the variance in the QOL. Despite some missing data, sexual relationships among the respondents were moderately affected, with reduced sexual desire and activity. However, the patients' relationships with their husbands were minimally affected, suggesting the men's understanding and support in the cancer trajectory of their wives. Areas of life that may need further support, such as sexual functioning and psychosocial adjustment, could be improved by the use of sex therapy or group support interventions. Limitations of the present study and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-422
Number of pages9
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese
  • Gynaecological cancer
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • General Nursing


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