Table 3

Nutritional status and quality of life in lung cancer
First Author, Year, Study Place Data Collection Period Study Design Sample Size Nutritional Assessment Quality of Life Assessment Groups being compared Key results Conclusion
Scott HR, 2003, UK [28] NA Prospective

106 inoperable NSCLC (stage III and IV)

By stage –

Stage III: n = 78

Stage IV: n = 28

Weight loss*

* defined as loss of more than 5% pre-illness weight in the previous 6 months

EORTC-QLQ-C30 Weight-stable (< 5% weight loss) (n = 61) & Weight-losing (> 5% weight loss) (n = 45)

(a) Global QoL:

Median (range) = 50 (0–100) & 33.3 (0–66.7) respectively for weight-stable & weight-losing groups, p = 0.027.

(b) Symptom scores: Fatigue (P < 0.05) and pain (P < 0.01) were significantly greater in the weight-losing group.

i.

    Fatigue
: –

Median (range) = 55.6 (0–100) & 66.7 (0–100) respectively for weight-stable & weight-losing groups, p = 0.044.

ii.

    Pain
: –

Median (range) = 16.7 (0–100) & 41.7 (0–100) respectively for weight-stable & weight-losing groups, p = 0.007.

Weight loss has an impact on different aspects of quality of life.

Lis et al.

Lis et al. Nutrition Journal 2012 11:27   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-27

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