Quality of life, prevalence and profile of patient with malignant neoplasm: a case-control population-based study.

Marcelo Carlos Bortoluzzi, Erlo Lutz, Andréia Antoniuk Presta


this study had the aim to know the prevalence, profile and the quality of life (QoL) of patients with malignant neoplasm in a small Southern Brazilian county. Besides largely studied this study is justified due a lack of information in the Brazilian population.This is a cross-sectional population-based and case-control study. The data were collected between May to August 2008 in all residences of the municipal district and, for each sick individual a sex and age matched control were selected. QoL was evaluated through WHOQOL-Bref.Fifty eight patients were identified with age between 11 to 90 years (mean 62.9 ± 16.5). The prevalence of individuals with malignant neoplasm was 1% in the municipal district and those had statistically worst QoL when compared with controls.This census performed in the district of Luzerna/ Brazil showed that 1% of the district population has cancer and the results indicate that that specific population has poorer QoL, independently of age and tumor kind.

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