Study Analyzes Endometrial Cancer Treatments for Better Quality of Life Option

by: cancercompass

Vaginal brachytherapy provides better quality of life for endometrial cancer patients, suggests new research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Researchers randomly assigned 214 patients to external-beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and 213 patients to vaginal brachytherapy (VBT) between 2002 and 2006.  Quality of life was evaluated for 348 (81%) patients who participated in the study.

Patients in the VBT group reported fewer symptoms of diarrhea and fecal leakage that limit daily activities, which suggest great ability to function socially, according to the study's abstract. At baseline, 15% of patients were sexually active, and this increased to 39% during the first year of treatment. Sexual functioning and symptoms did not differ between the two treatment groups.

Patients receiving EBRT reported more diarrhea and bowel symptoms that limited daily activity and decreased social functioning. These facts lead researchers to conclude VBT allowed for a better quality of life than EBRT in endometrial cancer patients.

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