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Escola Anna Nery

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Abstract

ELIAS, Thaís Cristina et al. Influence of clinical variables on the functional capacity of women undergoing chemotherapy. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.4, pp.571-577. ISSN 2177-9465.  https://doi.org/10.5935/1414-8145.20150076.

Objective:

To evaluate how the chemotherapy protocol and tumor type influence the functional capacity of women diagnosed with gynecological cancer, breast cancer and gestational trophoblastic disease during chemotherapy.

Methods:

This was an observational and retrospective study with a quantitative approach and longitudinal design. The study included 438 women undergoing chemotherapy in a general hospital from January 2000 to December 2012.

Results:

The functional capacity of the study population had a mean score of 70 on the Karnofsky Performance Scale. A higher decline was noted in the functional capabilities of patients with gynecological cancer, and in women who used taxane chemotherapy protocols.

Conclusion:

It is germane to establish measures aimed at ensuring the prevention of side effects caused by chemotherapy, providing comprehensive and effective care for oncology patients.

Keywords : Karnofsky Performance Status; Activities of Daily Living; Drug Therapy; Women's Health.

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