Quality of life in long-term survivors of cervical cancer

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of life within a sample of cervical cancer survivors. STUDY DESIGN: In this study, 46 cervical cancer survivors at clinical stage I or II and one survivor at stage 0, were evaluated. Two control groups were selected from an ongoing cohort study, in which 527 women were postmenopausal and 344 women were postmenopausal with HRT. All controls and cancer survivors completed a self-evaluating questionnaire pertaining to personal conditions, medical surveillance, individual well-being and quality of life. RESULTS: Eighteen cervical cancer survivors were ovaries preserved. A total of 28 survivors, who had an oophorectomy, were compared with the controls. Most of the cancer survivors had a good socio-economic background and an active lifestyle. Forty-two percent were currently under medical surveillance and used medication regularly. The ratio of HRT users was higher in the oophorectomy group (36% in both short- and long-term therapy). With regard to the quality of life, there were no remarkable differences between oophorectomy survivors and controls. Except that the psychological condition in the ovaries preserved group was worse, the rest of the findings concerning the quality of life derived from the ovaries preserved group were rather close to that of the oophorectomy group. CONCLUSION: The quality of life in long-term cervical cancer survivors is generally satisfactory. The positive results may be due to the higher ratio of HRT use, ovarian preservation, good education, working conditions, as well as an active lifestyle.


  • Cairu Li
  • Göran Samsioe
  • Constantin Iosif
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine


  • Quality of life, Cervical cancer, HRT
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-102
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Publication categoryResearch