Quality of Life of Head and Neck Cancer patients: Role of Illness Perception, Perceived Emotional Distress and the course of cancer treatment

[Speaker] Singh, Ravindra:1
[Co-author] Shukla, Hari S:1, Tewari, Mallika:1, Arya, Yogesh K:2, Singh, Tushar:2
1:Dept of Surgical Oncology, IMS, Banaras Hindu University (India), 2:Department of Psychology, Banaras Hindu University (India)

Illness perceptions have been shown to profoundly affect the quality of life of patients. However, there seems lack of studies exploring the interactive effects of illness perception, perceived distress and treatment duration on quality of life of head and neck cancer patients. This study was designed to address this issue. Thirty patients were administered measures of emotional distress, Illness Perception and Quality of life. Their treatment details and other demographic information were also obtained. Results show strong correlation among illness perception, emotional distress and quality of life of head and neck cancer patients. Further illness perceptions and perceived distress have emerged as strong predictors of quality of life of these patients with head and neck cancer. The treatment duration did not predict quality of life, yet has emerged as moderating variables to affect the illness perception and Quality of Life relationship.
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