Relationship between neuroendocrine tumor-related symptoms and RAND-36 health-related quality of life scores Abstract #43

Introduction: Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) can secrete hormones that cause flushing and diarrhea (carcinoid syndrome) and disrupt health-related quality of life (HRQL).
Aim(s): The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the severity of these symptoms and HRQL.
Materials and methods: NET patients were invited via e-mail to participate in an online anonymous survey which consisted of demographics, disease-related questions and two standardized measures of HRQL (RAND-36 and PROMIS-29). RAND-36 scores were compared between groups defined by frequency of bowel movements and flushing episodes using analysis of variance. Score differences of 2.5 - 5.0 points are generally regarded as clinically meaningful. Lower scores indicate worse HRQL.
Conference: 7th Annual ENETS Conference (2010)
Category: Clinical
Presenting Author: Jennifer L Beaumont

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