Prospective analysis of quality of life in elderly patients treated with adjuvant chemotherapy for non-small-cell lung cancer

S. Park, I. R. Kim, K. K. Baek, S. J. Lee, W. J. Chang, C. H. Maeng, J. Y. Hong, M. K. Choi, Y. S. Kim, J. M. Sun, J. S. Ahn, K. Park, J. Jo, S. H. Jung, M. J. Ahn

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Background: Given the more comorbidities with a decline in physiologic reserve, it can be challenging to make appropriate treatment decisions in the elderly. Patients and methods: Here, we prospectively evaluated and compared the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients aged =65 with aged <65 who were treated with a postoperative chemotherapy for completely resected stage Ib, II or IIIa non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Either four cycles of paclitaxel (Taxol)-carboplatin (PC) or vinorelbine- cisplatin (NP) was used. The HRQOL was assessed with EORTC QLQ-C30 and EORTC QLQ-LC13. Results: Between October 2008 and October 2011, a total of 139 patients (aged <65, n = 73; =65, n = 66) were enrolled, and 127 (91.4%) completed the questionnaire. Overall, the quality of life (QOL) in elderly patients did not significantly deteriorate with adjuvant chemotherapy and the time trend of QOL in elderly patients was similar to that of younger patients. Although the elderly suffered from increased treatment-related adverse events involving sore mouth, peripheral neuropathy and alopecia compared with the baseline, the same time trends were also observed in younger group. The mean dose intensities (MDIs) for PC and NP regimen were not significantly different between the two age groups. Conclusions: Postoperative chemotherapy did not substantially reduce HRQOL in elderly NSCLC patients, and HRQOL during and after adjuvant chemotherapy did not significantly differ by age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1630-1639
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Adjuvant chemotherapy
  • Elderly
  • Non-small-cell lung cancer
  • Quality of life


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