Sarna et al evaluate the quality of life of long-term survivors of non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). The authors are from the University of California Los Angeles, the University of California San Francisco and the City of Hope Medical Center.


Patient selection: long-term survivor of non-small cell lung carcinoma


Determinants of respiratory symptom burden:

(1) obstructive and/or restrictive lung disease

(2) ventilatory impairment

(3) lung resection


Respiratory symptoms:

(1) dyspnea

(2) wheezing

(3) phlegm

(4) cough


The number and severity of the respiratory symptoms determined the respiratory symptom burden.


Consequences of impaired respiratory function:

(1) self-reported decrease in quality of life

(2) reduced physical functioning (disability)

(3) decreased social functioning

(4) limitations in physical role activities


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