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Understanding Quality of Life (QoL) of cancer patients and Scope of Social Work Intervention: A Review

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Social Work, Assam University, Silchar, Assam, India
  • 2Director and Surgical Oncologist, Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Cachar, Assam, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (7), Pages 30-34, July,14 (2016)


Worldwide the burden of Cancer is increasing and considered as second most common disease after cardiovascular disorders. Cancer patients generally reported issues on their physical, psycho-social, functional, spiritual, financial, fatigue, etc. It is very difficult to deal with all issues from the view point of oncology. To cover all these issues it is much more needed to know the Quality of Life (QoL) of cancer patients. There are three major aspects in cancer: early diagnosis, treatment and regular follow up, and Quality of Life studies. QoL deals with well-being of cancer patients. These studies will help oncologist for planning and management of cancer patients. It is very difficult to collect QoL information on such issues like spiritual well-being. So, implementation of QoL questionnaire is equally important. There are several validated QoL questionnaires available and this should be systematically administered by the professional bodies includes oncologists, psycho-oncologists, psychologists, social workers. Studies shows that early stages of cancer have better QoL compare to advanced stage of cancer.


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