Long-term Evaluation of the Quality of Life After Major Hepatic Resection for Malignant and Benign Diseases.
Background: Due to advances in operative methods and perioperative care, mortality and
morbidity following major hepatic resection have decreased substantially, making long-term
quality of life (QoL) an increasingly prominent issue.
Objectives: We plan on evaluating whether postoperative diagnosis is associated with
long-term QoL and health in patients who require hepatic surgery for benign or malignant
diseases and how QoL evolves with time.
Method: QoL will be evaluated using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of
Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core-30 and the liver-specific QLQ-LMC21 module. All
patients requiring hepatic surgery aged >18 years will be included in the study. QoL
evaluation is carried out preoperatively and at set intervals postoperatively.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Quality of Life
preoperatively, 1-,3-,6-,12 months postoperatively
Vanessa Banz, MD
Dep. of Visceral and transplant Surgery, University Hospital Berne, Switzerland