Background: The aim of the study was to analyze the impact of palliative radiotherapy on quality of life (QoL) in patients with symptomatic bone metastases. Materials and methods: We present the results from a prospective multicentric study including 128 patients who provided pre and post-radiotherapy (one month after treatment) brief pain inventory (BPI) assessments. Worst pain was recorded using the BPI (range: 0–10). Pain response was described according to the International Bone Metastases Consensus on palliative radiation. Regarding QoL, for each pre and post-radiation BPI-questionnaire, scores from the interference domains were summed and averaged to obtain an overall interference score. Results: There was a significant correlation between radiation treatment response and improvement in all functional interference domains except sleeping. Patients > 75 years old presented a significantly higher improvement in general activity, mood and relationships with others compared to patients ≤ 75 years old. Patients presenting a baseline pain score ≥ 8 showed a higher improvement in the general activity item (p = 0.049). There was no statistically significant association between pretreatment ECOG, chemotherapy, primary tumor location and radiation schedule with any of the functional interference items.
Research Areas and Centers
- Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)
- Centers: University Cancer Center Schleswig-Holstein (UCCSH)