Quality of life of patients undergoing surgical treatment for newly-diagnosed, clinically localized renal cell carcinoma

Steven C. Ames, Alex S. Parker, Julia E. Crook, Nancy N. Diehl, Winston W. Tan, Christopher R. Williams, Gretchen E. Ames

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Abstract

This investigation sought to evaluate the psychological needs of individuals (N = 28) undergoing nephrectomy for newly diagnosed, localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC) using a mixed qualitative-quantitative approach. The qualitative component consisted of individual semi-structured interviews 4 weeks postnephrectomy. The quantitative component involved standardized measures assessing anxiety, depressive symptoms, psychological distress, and general and disease specific quality of life (QOL) prior to nephrectomy and at 4, 12, and 24 weeks postnephrectomy. This investigation provides a unique view of the experiences and needs of persons undergoing surgery for newly diagnosed, localized RCC and reveals that these individuals experience fatigue, anxiety, and depressive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-605
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

Keywords

  • cancer
  • oncology
  • quality of life
  • renal cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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