Quality of life one year after chemoradiotherapy for localized primary gastric diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

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We assessed the quality of life (QOL) at least one year after sequential chemoradiotherapy for the treatment of localized gastric diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). We used the EORTC Quality of Life Questionnaire for Stomach Cancer (EORTC QLQ-STO22). Among the 45 patients available at the one-year follow-up after radiation therapy, 40 patients completed the EORTC QLQ-STO22 questionnaire. Their median age was 54.5 (range, 20–70 years). Social functioning was most adversely affected among the respondents with a score of 59, whereas other functions and the global scales were preserved above a score of 70 by linearly transformed values. Fatigue, the financial impact and specific emotional problems such as ldquo;thinking about their illnessrdquo; (STO-ANX) and ldquo;worry about weight loss or future healthrdquo; (STO-BI) were persistently bothersome for some patients. Other stomach-related symptoms such as dysphagia, pain, or reflux were negligible at 1 year after treatment. Therefore, this organ-preserving combined approach was effective for the maintenance of the QOL and minimization of stomach abnormalities in patients with gastric lymphoma.

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