Breast Cancer

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 100–106

Quality of life assessment

Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02967573

Cite this article as:
Shimozuma, K. Breast Cancer (2002) 9: 100. doi:10.1007/BF02967573


Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) has become one of the important endpoints in cancer treatments. However, a relatively small proportion of oncologists truly understand the concepts and uses of QOL assessments. In this article, I discuss psychometric properties that should be verified with QOL instruments, scope of the QOL concepts that should be assessed in oncology, how to choose the appropriate measures, and cross-cultural validation and statistical issues. Several examples of QOL assessments in recent clinical trials in oncology are also reviewed.

Key words

Health-related quality of lifeHealth outcomeBreast cancerChemotherapyClinical trial

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© The Japanese Breast Cancer Society 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Scientific Research of Stress, Public Health Research Foundation (PHRF)University of TokyoJapan
  2. 2.School of Health Science and Nursing, Graduate School of MedicineUniversity of TokyoJapan