A review of issues surrounding quality of life among women with ovarian cancer

Gynecol Oncol. 2010 Nov;119(2):390-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2010.05.014. Epub 2010 Jul 1.


Objectives: Progress has been made towards prolonging survival of ovarian cancer patients. This trend has placed increasing attention upon the quality of life (QoL). The aim of this study was to review the existing literature on QoL, including measurement tools, and to explore opportunities to optimize well-being.

Methods: A comprehensive computer literature search of English language studies was performed in MEDLINE databases up to February 2010.

Results: Validated tools have been used in multiple studies to provide a mechanism to asses information about QoL in ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer and its treatment have significant effects on QoL including fatigue and the physical and functional domains. Studies indicate that ovarian cancer patients needs and QoL change during the trajectory of the disease.

Conclusions: As new treatment strategies for ovarian cancer are developed, research efforts should identify how therapeutics will affect QoL and include interventions to prevent or minimize the detrimental effects.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / physiopathology*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Quality of Life