The identification of hereditary genetic variations associated with increased cancer risk – so called Hereditary Cancer (HC) – have become an integral part of medical oncology. Best-known examples are the Lynch Syndrome, hereditary breast- and ovarian cancer (BRCA1/ 2) or Li-Fraumeni syndrome.
The primary objective of this project is the development of a multi-lingual EORTC questionnaire for the assessment of the quality of life of individuals at risk for an HC with or without a previous cancer diagnosis.
After an extensive systematic literature review on quality of life-altering issues and experiences of individuals at risk for an HC, an issue list was finalized and rated by patients and health care professionals alike. Based on these ratings, the 75 most relevant QOL issues were chosen and converted into questions with the format and time frame compatible with the EORTC QLQ-C30.
Phase II is about to be completed (finalization of the provisional item list).
Upon finalization of the item list, we plan to apply for funding for phase III of questionnaire development (i.e. pre-testing the item list, we plan to apply for funding for phase III of questionnaire development (i.e. pre-testing the item list the target population); we plan to submit the phase 3 proposal by autumn.
A small percentage of cancer diseases originate from hereditary genetic mutations. Individuals carrying these mutations, with and without a cancer disease, experience specific impairments of their quality of life. We are developing a questionnaire for assessing the quality of life of these individuals to support their clinical care as well as the research in this field.