Quality of life following surgery for intracranial meningiomas at Brigham and Women’s Hospital: A study of 164 patients using a modification of the functional assessment of cancer therapy-brain questionnaire

S. N. Kalkanis, A. Quinones-Hinojosa, E. Buzney, H. J. Ribaudo, P. M.L. Black Mc L

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine the subjectively reported quality of life (QOL) of patients with meningiomas surgically treated. Demographic, medical and outcomes data on 164 patients were retrospectively analyzed with the use of the Brain Tumor Center database at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA. The patients were contacted via a telephone survey and were asked 26 standardized QOL questions based on a modification of the validated Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Brain (FACT-BR) Study, which used only questions adjuvant to brain tumor patients. The patients' ages ranged from 23 to 87 years. The mean follow-up time after intracranial surgery was 33 months and median follow-up time was 28 months, with a range of 0 to 165 months. Of those 164 patients still living, 95% (155) participated in the telephone survey. 80% reported being satisfied with their post-treatment quality of life; 86% reported that they could write, read, drive and return to work at their pre-morbid level of functioning; 87% described themselves as 'independent' and able to act on their own initiatives. Our study found a high level of satisfaction for QOL in patients who have undergone surgery for intracranial meningiomas. Patients, by their own report, are able to lead independent, personally satisfying, meaningful and productive lives. This provides useful information to share with patients in discussions regarding surgical treatment of these lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number270019
Pages (from-to)233-241
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of neuro-oncology
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

Keywords

  • Intracranial surgery
  • Meningioma
  • Quality of life
  • Treatment options-meningioma surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research

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