More than half of women with ovarian cancer (OC) have symptom-related mobility disability, and these symptoms can include poor appetite, bloating, fatigue, pain, and numbness, a recent study found. A secondary analysis of a National Ovarian Cancer Coalition survey of women with a history of OC (n=713) was used to determine prevalence of symptom-related mobility disability. Researchers found:
• 60% of the study sample reported symptom-related mobility disability.
• Independent predictors included 1 comorbidity, active OC, abdominal bloating, fatigue, lack of appetite, numbness/tingling, and pain.
• Age and current chemotherapy were not significant predictors.
Campbell G, Hagan T, Gilbertson-White S, Houze M, Donovan H. Cancer and treatment-related symptoms are associated with mobility disability in women with ovarian cancer: A cross-sectional study. [Published online ahead of print September 18, 2016]. Gynceol Oncol. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.09.013.
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