The Change Tendency of Postoperative Symptoms in Thyroid Cancer Patients

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Tang, Y. ., Zhang, T., Zhang, Y., Que, Y.-W. ., Lin, D., Qiao, D., Yang, X. T. ., Zhao, J.-F. ., Zhang, Y.-J. ., Wang, G.-R. ., & Wang, Z.-H. . (2021). The Change Tendency of Postoperative Symptoms in Thyroid Cancer Patients. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, 23(12).


Aims: To detect the health‐related quality of life (HRQoL) of Thyroid cancer (TC) patients and analyze the change tendency of TC patient’s reported symptoms after surgery.

Methods: A total of 102 TC patients who underwent thyroid surgery from September 2020 to January 2021 were enrolled in this study, and received a survey on HRQoL (EORTC QLQ-C30) and disease-specific symptoms (THYCA-QoL) at 1 month and 3 months after surgery.

Results: Almost all the patients experienced TC specific symptoms after surgery. At 1 month after surgery, throat/mouth problems, voice problems, neuromuscular problems, concentration problems, and less interest in sex were the top 5 reported complains. But at 3 months after surgery, less interest in sex was the top 1 reported complain, followed by throat/mouth problems, voice problems, psychological problems, neuromuscular problems and concentration problems. Meanwhile, the scores of most specific symptoms were decreased with the increase of postoperative time, while scores of less interest in sex were increased. Fatigue, insomnia and dyspnea were the most often reported common cancer-related symptoms for TC patients at 1 and 3 months after surgery. Interestingly, the scores of fatigue measured at 3 months after surgery were much lower than those measured at 1 month after surgery.

Conclusions: Throat/mouth problems, voice problems, neuromuscular problems, concentration problems, less interest in sex and fatigue are the important patient reported complains that we should pay more attention after surgery.


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