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Recovery and Rehabilitation After Lung Cancer Surgery

18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Lung Cancer, Pain, Fatigue, Depression, Breathlessness

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Trial Information

Recovery and Rehabilitation After Lung Cancer Surgery

Approximately 2500 patients are diagnosed with lung cancer annually i Norway, and
approximately 400 of these undergo surgery. Many patients report that life after lung cancer
surgery is difficult. After surgery, the patients are frequently transferred to a local
hospital or to another level of care at the hospital where they were operated. The transfer
is critical for patients' safety because communication failure is one of the most common
causes of medical error.

Studies that have analyzed the quality of life of lung cancer patients after surgery reach
different conclusions about the patients' Quality of life (QOL), some studies state that
lung cancer patients are back to normal quality of life after 9 months, while others
indicate that the patients still have reduced QOL two years after surgery. It is difficult
to assess the reason for the differences in results as most of the studies used the same QOL
questionnaire. Studies that have evaluated the social support that lung cancer patients
receive indicate that lung cancer patients receive less support than other cancer patients.

Lung cancer patients have a wide range of physical problems (fatigue, dyspnea, coughing and
pain) and psychological (depression) problems following surgery.

Based on findings from this literature review a need exist for improved postoperative
follow-up of patients after surgery for lung cancer The proposed study will evaluate the
social support, the levels of lung cancer stigma, symptoms and changes in this over time as
well as evaluate patient experience with transfer in the immediate postoperative period.

Inclusion Criteria:

- patients with lung cancer patients above the age of 18 that have been treated with
surgery, who are able to speak and understand Norwegian,

Exclusion Criteria:

- and who suffer no cognitive impairment.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

Key measures that will be the focus of the study is Quality of life.

Outcome Description:

Data will be collecetd using the self administered questionnaire: EORTC QLQ-C30 + LC13

Outcome Time Frame:

1 year with 5 measurement points

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Tone Rust√łen, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Oslo University Hospital


Norway:National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics

Study ID:




Start Date:

October 2010

Completion Date:

April 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Breathlessness
  • Symptoms
  • Symptoms cluster
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Social support
  • Stigma
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Dyspnea
  • Fatigue
  • Lung Neoplasms