The quality of life in patients treated for rectal cancer
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Published: 24 August 2011
The aim of this study is to investigate the quality of life (QOL) in patients treated surgically for rectal cancer. We will evaluate different surgical treatments, complications, presence and absence of a protective or definitive stoma and how this can influence the patient’s quality of life.
Materials and methods
Median age (years)
Presence of stoma
Resume of non-working activity
The perception of quality of life is a dynamic reality that changes according to the length of time we evaluate the patient. Our study, in agreement with scientific literature [4–6], confirms that quality of life increases with time and that although rectal cancer and its surgical treatment may produce functional and psychological deficit the QOL remains elevated.
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