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A study looking at quality of life in men with prostate cancer that has spread
This study looked at quality of life in men who have prostate cancer that has spread and hormone therapy is no longer working.
More about this trial
Prostate cancer that has spread to another part of your body is called metastatic prostate cancer. Doctors can treat metastatic prostate cancer with hormone therapy, but the treatment may stop working and the cancer can start to grow again. This is called metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer.
The research team wanted to learn more about how metastatic prostate cancer affects men’s quality of life. They measured the quality of life of men with metastatic prostate cancer when hormone therapy had stopped working.
The aim of this study was to collect information about quality of life at different points in men’s treatment.
Summary of results
- 50 men had no symptoms, or mild symptoms, and had not had chemotherapy yet (group 1)
- 50 men had symptoms but hadn’t had chemotherapy yet (group 2)
- 17 men were having chemotherapy (group 3)
- 46 men had already had chemotherapy (group 4)
- a screening questionnaire to make sure they were eligible to take part
- a general questionnaire asking about medical history and background information such as ethnic group and education level
- a questionnaire called EQ-5D-5L which asks about general level of health as well as things such as mobility, pain and anxiety levels
- a cancer related questionnaire called EORTC-QLQ-C30 which asks 30 questions about health during the last week
- a prostate cancer specific questionnaire called EORTC PR-25 which asks 25 questions about any current symptoms or problems caused by prostate cancer
How to join a clinical trial
Cicely Kerr PhD
ICON Patient Reported Outcomes (formerly Oxford Outcomes)
PcASO – Prostate Cancer Network
Prostate Cancer UK