Changes in functional outcome and quality of life in soft tissue sarcoma patients within the first year after surgery: A prospective observational study

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Soft tissue sarcoma (STS) patients undergoing surgery may experience reduced functional outcome (FO) and quality of life (QoL) compared to the general population. The aim of this study was to evaluate the development of FO and QoL in patients with STS in the extremities within the first year after first-time limb-sparing surgery. Twenty-nine out of 40 eligible patients were included in the present study. QoL and FO were evaluated by questionnaires while FO was also evaluated by objective tests. Patients were assessed before surgery and at fixed time points within the first year after surgery. Patients with STS in the extremities had an average strength of 82.34% (95% CI: 68.57–96.11) of the expected strength at one year post surgery. Multivariate, repeated ANOVA showed statistically significant reductions in strength in the disease-affected extremity when compared with the healthy side after surgery. Multivariate, repeated ANOVA showed a statistically significant improvement in FO and QoL within the first year post surgery. Limb-sparing surgery for STS significantly reduced strength in the disease-affected extremity and generally reduced FO and QoL in the first months after surgery. Improvements were observed for FO and QoL at one year after surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number463
JournalCancers
Volume12
Issue2
Number of pages13
ISSN2072-6694
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Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Distress, Function, Limb-sparing surgery, Outcome, Soft tissue sarcoma

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