Psychosocial distress and its effects on the health-related quality of life of primary brain tumor patients.


Conference Paper

All cancer patients experience distress from the diagnosis, the effects of the disease or the treatment. Clinically significant distress decreases overall quality of life and the recognition of distress with prompt intervention is essential. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network distress thermometer (NCCN-DT) is a validated measuring tool that has been utilized in the primary brain tumor population to detect psychologic distress thereby provoking a referral process to the appropriate support system. Brain tumor patients commonly reported emotional and physical distress encompassing: fatigue, fears, memory and concentration and worry. More research is needed to identify the stressors of all primary brain tumor patients and their caretakers and integrate appropriate interventions to improve health-related quality of life in both groups.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Randazzo, D; Peters, KB

Published Date

  • October 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 241 - 249

PubMed ID

  • 27397796

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27397796

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2045-0915

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2217/cns-2016-0010

Conference Location

  • England