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Quality of Life Among Long-Term Survivors of Resected Gastric Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: January 10, 2008
Last updated: July 9, 2009
Last verified: July 2009
The purpose of this study is to find out how you feel about the quality of your life after having had surgery to remove your stomach tumor. Some patients continue to experience different problems after stomach surgery, even when the surgery was more than three years ago. The purpose of this study is to find out the specific things that may continue to affect patients' quality of life after a major operation.

Condition Intervention
Gastric Cancer
Behavioral: EORTC QLQ-C30, QLQ-STO22, and MSK-10

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Quality of Life Among Long-Term Survivors of Resected Gastric Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Instrument: EORTC QLQ-C30, QLQ-STO22, and MSK-10. The intent of this study is to assess QOL in long-term survivors of all surgical procedures performed for the treatment of gastric cancer. [ Time Frame: 5 years ]

Enrollment: 212
Study Start Date: September 2004
Study Completion Date: June 2009
Primary Completion Date: June 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
1 Behavioral: EORTC QLQ-C30, QLQ-STO22, and MSK-10
QLQ-C30 is the generic QOL tool for patients with cancer undergoing clinical trials.QLQ-STO22, containing 22 questions specific to gastric cancer, is currently the only standardized disease-specific questionnaire to measure the QOL of gastric cancer and must be used in conjunction with the QLQ-C30.MSK-10 consists of ten additional questions that were developed by surgeons on the GMT service to answer specific questions about outcomes related to proximal subtotal, distal subtotal, and total gastrectomies. These questions focus on eating capabilities, work status and major life changing events.

Detailed Description:

The purpose of this study is to measure the quality of life (QOL) of long-term survivors of resected gastric cancer. This cohort of long-term survivors will include patients who have no evidence of disease (NED) at least three years after having curative resection for gastric cancer. There are three main types of surgical procedures used to resect primary gastric cancer, which include proximal subtotal, distal subtotal, and total gastrectomy. Surgical management of gastric cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) has shifted over the years to a greater use of proximal subtotal gastrectomies than in the past; however the effects on the QOL of these patients are unknown. In this study, we propose to use the European Organization for Research Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) two-part questionnaire QLQ-C30 and QLQ-STO22. This instrument has been shown to be a valid and reliable QOL instrument used to assess the quality of life of patients with gastric cancer.

We will measure multiple domains of QOL including, physical, role, cognitive, and emotional functions. An additional 10-item questionnaire (MSK-10) was designed by GMT service surgeons and will be administered in order to more specifically identify certain potential issues of QOL among gastric cancer survivors. These issues include eating capabilities, work status and major life changing events. Patients will be identified using the Gastric and Mixed Tumor (GMT) Service Gastric Cancer Database. The questionnaires will be conducted via telephone interview. Establishing these QOL measurements will help to provide valuable baseline data upon which to base future clinical trials of optimal surgical techniques.


  • To establish health related QOL using the EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-STO22 in gastric cancer patients who are alive and free of disease for three or more years after a proximal, distal, or total gastrectomy for gastric cancer.
  • To compare the differences in QOL scores between the three different types of gastrectomy.
  • To compare results using the EORTC QLQ-C30 with published norms established in the United States.
  • To use the MSK-10 to assess the incidence and degree of certain areas of QOL that may affect gastric cancer survivors specifically.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients who have had curative resection at MSKCC for gastric cancer and are at least three years NED.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female patients
  • Age 18 or older
  • Diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the stomach
  • Patient had curative surgical resection, including proximal, distal, or total gastrectomy
  • Patient is at least three years NED
  • Provide informed consent
  • Fluent in English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Psychiatric or psychological abnormality precluding informed consent or ability to complete questionnaires
  • Non-psychiatric disorder causing a lack of capacity to give consent or an inability to complete questionnaires (ie dementia, stroke)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00598546

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Daniel Coit, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Coit, Daniel, MD / Pricipal Investigator, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00598546     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 04-112
Study First Received: January 10, 2008
Last Updated: July 9, 2009

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
Stomach Tumor
Stomach Cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stomach Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
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