Psychometric evaluation of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy/Gynecologic Oncology Group - Neurotoxicity (Fact/GOG-Ntx) questionnaire for patients receiving systemic chemotherapy Academic Article Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female

abstract

  • The purpose of this study was to validate the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy/Gynecologic Oncology Group-Neurotoxicity (FACT/GOG-Ntx) questionnaire. The FACT/GOG-Ntx is the FACT-G plus an eleven-item subscale (Ntx subscale) that evaluates symptoms and concerns associated specifically with chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. Two groups of women with ovarian cancer completed the FACT/GOG-Ntx: one group with known neurotoxicities and one group of chemotherapy-naive women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Levels of patient neuropathy, severity of toxicity, and patient quality of life from diagnosis of ovarian cancer to 12 months post-diagnosis were assessed. The Ntx subscale significantly differentiated the two groups at baseline and 3- and 6-month follow-ups, demonstrating significantly fewer problems among chemotherapy-naive patients than among patients with known neuropathy. The FACT/GOG-Ntx is a reliable and valid instrument for assessing the impact of neuropathy on health-related quality of life. The Ntx subscale demonstrated sensitivity to meaningful clinical distinctions and change over time.

publication date

  • November 2003

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1525-1438.2003.13603.x

PubMed ID

  • 14675309

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 741

end page

  • 8

volume

  • 13

number

  • 6