Quality of life after hepatic resection

Studer, P.; Horn, T.; Haynes, A; Candinas, D.; Banz, V. M. (2018). Quality of life after hepatic resection. British journal of surgery, 105(3), pp. 237-243. John Wright & Sons 10.1002/bjs.10735

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Background: Long-term quality of life (QoL) after liver resection is becoming increasingly important, as improvements in operative methods and perioperative care have decreased morbidity and mortality rates. In this study, postoperative QoL after resection of benign or malignant liver tumours was evaluated. Methods: In this single-centre study, QoL was evaluated prospectively using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ-C30 and the liver-specific QLQ-LMC21 module before, and 1, 3, 6 and 12months after open or laparoscopic liver surgery. Results: Between June 2007 and January 2013, 188 patients (130 with malignant and 58 with benign tumours) requiringmajor liver resection were included. Global health status was no different between the two groups before and 1month after liver resection. All patients showed an improvement in global health status at 3, 6 and 12months after surgery. Patients with benign tumours had better global health status than those with malignant tumours at these time points (P<0⋅001, P=0⋅002 and P=0⋅006 respectively). Patients with benign disease had better physical function scores (P=0⋅011, P=0⋅025 and P=0⋅041) and lower fatigue scores (P=0⋅001, P=0⋅002 and P=0⋅002) at 3, 6 and 12months than those with malignant disease. Conclusion: This study confirmed overall good QoL in patients undergoing liver resection for benign or malignant tumours, which improved after surgery. Benign diseases were associated with better shortand long-term QoL scores.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > CTU Bern

UniBE Contributor:

Haynes, Alan


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services




John Wright & Sons




Doris Kopp Heim

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06 Feb 2018 12:12

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06 Feb 2019 02:30

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