Symptoms and factors associated with symptom clusters among older adults with oral and oropharyngeal cancers at diagnosis

Geriatrics, Gerontology and Aging

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Symptoms and factors associated with symptom clusters among older adults with oral and oropharyngeal cancers at diagnosis

Ano: 2021 | Volume: 15 | Número: Não se aplica
Autores: Ana Catarina Alves e Silva; Izabella Costa Santos; Cleber Nascimento do Carmo; Inês Echenique Mattos
Autor Correspondente: Ana Catarina Alves e Silva | [email protected]

Palavras-chave: ymptom cluster; factor analysis; mouth neoplasms; head and neck neoplasms; aged.

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OBJECTIVE: Describe differences in pretreatment symptoms and the composition of symptom clusters in older patients with oral and oropharyngeal cancer.
METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, quality of life (QoL) assessments for cancer patients (EORCT QLQ-C30 and QLQ-H & N35) were applied to 161 cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancer at the time of enrollment in an outpatient clinic. They were used to evaluate QoL-related symptoms reported by patients, according to their occurrence. To identify symptom clusters, an exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was performed, and the relationships between these clusters and independent variables were assessed with linear regression models.
RESULTS: The most prevalent symptoms were pain (52%), worry (48%), and weight loss (44%). Five factors were extracted from the EFA, of which 3 were noteworthy. The dysphagia cluster was common to both cancer sites, although more frequent in oropharyngeal cancer patients, and included symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, pain, and weight loss. The psychological cluster included symptoms related to feeling worried, nervous, and depressed. The asthenia cluster, in addition to being age-related, may represent the advanced stage or progression of the disease.
CONCLUSION: The dysphagia cluster loaded the most symptoms and was common to both cancers. In addition to pain (one of the main symptoms of the dysphagia cluster), psychological symptoms were also important in both groups of patients. Adequate and early control of these symptom clusters at diagnosis could favor better management of symptoms during treatment