Genetic variations and health-related quality of life (HRQOL): A genome-wide study approach

Araba A. Adjei, Camden L. Lopez, Daniel J. Schaid, Jeff A. Sloan, Jennifer G. Le-Rademacher, Charles L. Loprinzi, Aaron D. Norman, Janet E. Olson, Fergus J. Couch, Andreas S. Beutler, Celine M. Vachon, Kathryn J. Ruddy

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Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is an important prognostic patient-reported outcome in oncology. Because prior studies suggest that HRQOL is, in part, heritable, we performed a GWAS to elucidate genetic factors associated with HRQOL in breast cancer survivors. Physical and mental HRQOL were measured via paper surveys that included the PROMIS-10 physical and mental health domain scales in 1442 breast cancer survivors participating in the Mayo Clinic Breast Disease Registry (MCBDR). In multivariable regression analyses, age and financial concerns were significantly associated with global physical health (age: P = 1.6×10-23; financial concerns: P = 4.8×10-40) and mental health (age: P = 3.5×10-7; financial concerns: P = 2.0×10-69). Chemotherapy was associated with worse global mental health (p = 0.01). In the GWAS, none of the SNPs reached the genome-wide association significance threshold of 5×10-8 for associations with either global physical or global mental health, however, a cluster of SNPs in SCN10A, particularly rs112718371, appeared to be linked to worse global physical health (p = 5.21×10-8). Additionally, SNPs in LMX1B, SGCD, PARP12 and SEMA5A were also moderately associated with worse physical and mental health (p < 10-6). These biologically plausible candidate SNPs warrant further study as possible predictors of HRQOL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number716
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 2 2021


  • Genome-wide association study
  • Global physical and mental health
  • Health-related quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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