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Quality of life of elderly persons with cancer: a 3-month follow-up.

  • Bente Appel Esbensen
  • Kell Østerlind
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
Publishing year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 214-224
Publication/Series: Cancer Nursing
Volume: 29
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Abstract english

We investigated the quality of life (QoL) of newly diagnosed persons with cancer aged 65 years at baseline and 3 months after, in relation to age, contact with the healthcare system, activities of daily living, hope, social network and support using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ-C30, Katz ADL, Nowotny's Hope Scale, and the Interview Schedule for Social Interaction. Participation at baseline was 101 (74 women, 27 men), and after 3 months was 85(66 women, 19 men). Fatigue was the most reported symptom both at baseline and 3 months after. No significant changes were found in QoL from baseline to 3 months after, whereas perceived social network and 2 subscales ("confidence" and "comes from within") in Nowotny's Hope Scale deteriorated significantly. Dependency, reduced economic ability, and low level of hope were significantly associated with low QoL at the 3-month follow-up. From the perspective of QoL, nurses need to address more specifically the most vulnerable elderly cancer patients: those who are dependent in instrumental activities of daily living, those who perceive reduced economic ability, and those who need assistance to discover new strategies to strengthen hope.


  • Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
  • ADL
  • Aged 65+
  • Cancer in the elderly
  • Hope
  • Quality of life
  • Social network and support


  • ISSN: 1538-9804
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions