Social Support and Quality of Life in Turkish Patients with Gynecologic Cancer

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Nazik E. , Nazik H., Ozdemir F., Soydan S.

ASIAN PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CANCER PREVENTION, vol.15, no.7, pp.3081-3086, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.7314/apjcp.2014.15.7.3081
  • Page Numbers: pp.3081-3086


The aim of this study was to determine the level of social support and quality of life in Turkish patients with gynecologic cancer using a cross-sectional survey design. A total of 108 patients admitted to the gynecologic oncology clinic at a university hospital from September 2011 to January 2012 were included. Data were collected using patient information forms, the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) and The Quality of Life-Cancer Survivors Instrument (QOL-CS). Average age was 54.5+/-10.8 years and it was determined that 65.7% of patients had ovarian cancer and 19.4% had cervical cancer. The total QOL-CS mean score was 5.59+/-1.10. Average score of total MSPSS was found to be 69.7+/-14.64. Comparing socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of patients and average scores of QOL-CS and MSPSS, it was found that there was not a statisticaly significant corelation (p>0.05). Statistically significant relation was found between the average scores of QOL-CS and MSPSS. These results showed that quality of life was moderate and perceived social support was high in Turkish patients with gynecologic cancer.