M. Verma et al. (Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, Inova Health System, USA) aimed to compare hepatocellular cancer cases with matched controls to evaluate the differences in change in quality of life from before to after hepatocellular cancer diagnosis, using the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36.
Compared to their baseline quality of life scores, after diagnosis of hepatocellular cancer, subjects were more likely to report declines in scores related to the mental component of quality of life. This mental component remained significantly lower as the disease advanced. In contrast, only general health aspects of physical health worsened after hepatocellular cancer diagnosis.
In conclusion, diagnosis of hepatocellular cancer has a profound negative impact on patients’ quality of life”