Feasibility of Quality of Life Assessment in Routine Clinical Oncology Practice at the University Hospital of Besancon
Symptoms related to the disease and/or treatment are common in cancer patients and can affect patient health-related quality of life (HRQol). Unfortunately these symptoms can be underestimated and underreported by the physician. Measure of the HRQoL has been significantly developed in clinical trials and has become a key endpoint to assess clinical benefit of new therapeutic strategies and as prognostic factor of overall survival for several cancer as in women breast cancer, glioblastomas, metastatic colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma. Moreover, a recent study conducted in patients receiving routine outpatient chemotherapy for advanced solid tumors showed that clinical benefits were associated with symptom self-reporting during cancer care, including the improvement of the overall survival. The aim of the QOLIBRY project is to introduce the collection of HRQoL of cancer patients in daily clinical practice in the University Hospital of Besançon. Indeed, the goal is to make the HRQoL data accessible and exploitable in real time to physician, to help medical professionals to optimize their practices by adopting a holistic and personalized approach based on the perception of the patients of their HRQoL and symptoms.