Patient-reported physical activity and the association with health-related quality of life in head and neck cancer survivors

Annette J. van Nieuwenhuizen, Laurien M. Buffart, Cornelia F. van Uden-Kraan, Lilly-Ann van der Velden, Martin Lacko, Johannes Brug, C. Rene. Leemans, Irma M. Verdonck-de Leeuw*

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Abstract

This study aimed to assess patient-reported levels of physical activity (PA) and its associations with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) adjusted for important demographic, lifestyle-related, and clinical factors, among head and neck (HNC) survivors. This cross-sectional study included 116 HNC survivors. PA was assessed with the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) and HRQoL with the EORTC-QLQ-C30 and EORTC-HN35. Associations were studied using univariable and multivariable regression analyses. Median PASE score was 100.3 (interquartile range 65.1;170.8) of which 54% were household, 34% leisure-time, and 12% occupational activities. Younger HNC survivors had higher levels of PA. Higher PA was significantly associated with higher global QoL (p < 0.05). Findings for physical function, role function, social function, fatigue, and pain were in line, but not statistically significant (0.05 ae<currency> p < 0.10). Among HNC survivors, a large proportion of PA consists of household activities. Younger HNC survivors had higher PA levels, and higher PA levels were associated with higher HRQoL.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1087-1095
Number of pages9
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Head and neck neoplasm
  • Physical activity
  • Exercise
  • Physical functioning
  • Health-related quality of life
  • ACTIVITY SCALE
  • ELDERLY PASE
  • EXERCISE
  • DIAGNOSIS
  • BREAST
  • METAANALYSIS
  • BEHAVIORS
  • PROSTATE
  • VALIDITY
  • EORTC

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