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Title: Employment following chemoradiotherapy in glioblastoma: a prospective case series
Authors: Back, Michael ;Gzell, C.;Wheeler, H.;Guo, L.;Kastelan, M.
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Source: Volume 8, Issue 1, pp. 108 - 113
Journal title: Journal of Cancer Survivorship : Research and Practice
Abstract: PURPOSE: Radiotherapy (RT) and temozolomide (TMZ) for glioblastoma (GBM) has resulted in longer survival. Uncertainties exist regarding quality of survival. This study aims to determine the rate of patients returning to previous employment (EM) following treatment. METHODS: Eligible patients were diagnosed with GBM, aged 18-70 years, and treated with intensity-modulated radiotherapy to 60 Gray and TMZ (EORTC Protocol) between July 2007 and July 2011. EM was defined as paid work. Exclusion criteria included patients without histological confirmation of WHO grade IV glioblastoma, those not in paid employment in the 2-month period prior to diagnosis, or mothers of pre-school aged children not working. Data were collected on EM prior (EM pre) and after RT at 6 and 12 months (EM 6 m, EM 12 m). Rate of EM was analysed in regards to baseline performance status (ECOG), neurological deficits (MRC scale) and median survival. RESULTS: One hundred twelve patients were identified with median follow-up of 15.5 months and median survival 18 months (95%CI, 15-21 months). Seventy-one patients were working prior to diagnosis and eligible for analysis. Twenty patients returned to work (28 %) by EM 6 months and 19 patients (27 %) by EM 12 months. EM 6 months was strongly associated with ECOG and MRC status, with only 1 of 37 patients (3 %) with neurological deficit returning to work compared with 21 of 36 (58 %) intact patients. Of good performance status patients not returning to work, factors included presence of income insurance, family financial support or treatment-related symptoms. CONCLUSION: A modest proportion of patients with GBM return back to work at 6 and 12 months following radiotherapy with the majority demonstrating the lowest level of neurological deficit prior to RT. IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS: Return to work following treatment does occur but it is not a common outcome.
DOI: 10.1007/s11764-013-0311-9
ISSN: 1932-2259
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Cancer
Appears in Collections:Oncology / Cancer

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