Report an error   


HERDIN Record #: NCR-JRRMMC-05221202050694 Submitted: 22 May 2012 Modified: 22 May 2012

Relationship of body mass index with the severity of radiotherapy-related side-effects among patients.

See More

CONTEXT:
Cervical cancer is one of the common cancers found in women. Studies link obesity to its occurrence, however, no data was found linking obesity with the outcome of treatment or side-effects of radiotherapy.

OBJECTIVE:
To determine the relationship of body mass index with the severity of side-effects from radiotherapy among patients diagnosed to have cervical cancer at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study

STUDY POPULATION:
Included in the study were all patients newly diagnosed with cervical cancer referred for radiotherapy consecutively seen at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center aged 20-65 years old from January to June 2005.

MANEUVERS:
BMI was determined prior to radiotherapy. Side-effects such as nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, injury frequency and body malaise were monitored after each session.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:
Frequencies and percentages were used to describe the distribution of the data. Fisher's Exact Test was used to determine association between severity of symptoms.

RESULTS:
Significant association of the severity of the nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea were experienced by underweight patients.

CONCLUSION:
Patients with low BMI had more adverse gastrointestinal effects due to radiotherapy compared with patients having normal to high BMI.

Publication Type
Research Report
Date

Objectives

General Objective:
To determine the relationship of body mass index with the severity of side-effects from radiotherapy among patients diagnosed to have cervical cancer at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

Specific Objectives:
1. To determine the body mass index of patients newly diagnosed with cervical cancer at any stage prior to radiotherapy treatment.

2. To monitor the occurrence and severity of side effects of radiotherapy such as nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, urinary frequency, diarrhea and body malaise while undergoing treatment.

3. To determine the relationship of the body mass index prior to radiotherapy with the occurrence of side effects of treatment.

LocationLocation CodeAvailable FormatAvailability
Medical Library, 5/F Training and Research Office, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center Abstract Print Format
 

Copyright © One Window Project 2018. All rights reserved.