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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2006;12(1):53-60.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2006.12.1.53   
Longitudinal Study on the Profiles of Symptom Distress and Functional Status in Gynecologic Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy
Chae Weon Chung
College of Nursing, Seoul National University. chungcw@snu.ac.kr
Abstract
PURPOSE
This study aimed to explore changes in symptom distress and functional status in gynecologic cancer patients during the entire treatment cycles of chemotherapy.
METHODS
A prospective and longitudinal study with repeated measures was designed. Symptom Distress Scale and Karnofsky Performance Status Index were included in a daily log developed for self-administration. A total of 39 patients with a mean age of 48.4 years participated.
RESULTS
The levels of symptom distress and functional status changed significantly over the six cycles. Symptom distress kept increasing until its peak at the fourth cycle, while the functional status scored lowest at the first cycle, then it improved as the cycle repeated. In each cycle, symptom distress was marked higher during the first 6 days accompanying poor functional status. However, both changes did not recover completely until the end of each cycle.
CONCLUSION
Nursing assessment and intervention need to be provided based on these changing patterns to help cancer patients cope and adjust successfully during the long treatment period. Further studies are needed to examine the impact of the major symptoms on psychological responses, quality of life, and outcomes of the cancer treatments.
Key Words: Gynecologic cancer; Chemotherapy; Symptom distress; Functional status


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