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Quality of life and depression and anxiety symptoms among patients with primary brain tumors

Marcela dos Reis Bigatão Carlos Gilberto Carlotti Jr Marysia Mara Rodrigues do Prado de Carlo About the authors


To evaluate the quality of life, symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients with meningioma and high-grade glioma undergoing oncologic neurosurgery.


Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) Hospital were both applied to collect data.


Statistically significant differences were found when comparing the data from the SF-36 in both tumor groups. For the first group (meningioma), the preoperative and postoperative results were: physical functioning (p = 0.043), mental, emotional (p = 0.042) and health (p = 0.042). There were significant differences between the first group (meningioma) and the second group (control groups) in emotional (p = 0.004), physical (p = 0.002) and between the groups of high-grade glioma and control aspects in functional capacity (p = 0.003) and physical capacity (p = 0.003).


It was concluded that cancer surgery caused changes in psychological mood and quality of life in both groups, regardless of histological diagnosis type of the tumor and, despite the relevance of the topic, still there are few studies on the topic.

Anxiety; depression; quality of life; glioma; meningioma; brain tumor

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