Volume 2 Issue 1
Piotr Zielinski*, Agnieszka Krolikowska, Marek Harat, Renata Jablonska, Robert Slusarz
Objective: Surgical treatment is always interwoven with risks of complications, and even in uneventful course the decrease in quality of life has to be expected. The primary objective of the study was to assess quality of life after surgical treatment of intracranial tumors.
Material and Methods: The 300 consecutive patients operated on because of intracranial tumors were prospectively evaluated, using quality of life questionnaires: EORTC QLQ-C30 and the EORTC QLQ-BN20 on admission to hospital, on the fifth day and 30 days after surgery.
Results: Medium quality of life before the surgery was 0.706, five days after 0.614, 30 days after treatment 7.707. The diferences were significant (p> 0.05). The greatest reduction in the quality of life were noted in patients with low grade gliomas (I, II WHO) and the extracerebral tumors (meningiomas and schwannomas). Thirty days after treatment the improvement of the quality of life in all groups was observed, the highest reported in patients after surgery of meningioma and schwannoma, the lowest in metastases.
Conclusions: Intracranial surgical procedures adversely affect the quality of patients only in the early postoperative period independent on the type of tumor, but in the late period meningiomas and schwannomas are correlated with significant improvement.
Keywords: Brain tumor; Surgical treatment; Quality of life
Cite this Article: Zielinski P, Krolikowska A, Harat M, Jablonska R, Slusarz R. Quality of Life after Intracranial Tumor Surgery. Sci J Neuro Neurosur. 2016;2(1): 001-007.
Published: 07 October 2016
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