Study shows need for psychosocial support for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant

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Patients with hematologic malignancies who have to undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT) may need to receive high-dose chemotherapy and periods of long-term isolation, which can have an impact on their quality of life (QOL) and psychological well-being. A longitudinal study published in the journal Cancer examined how hospitalization for HCT can negatively affect the QOL and mood of patients’ and their caregivers. The investigators assed OOL and mood using appropriate scales at baseline, day + 1, and day + 8 of HCT, and administered a survey to examine the QOL of caregivers as well. A total of 90 patients were assessed, and it was discovered that their QOL declined considerably throughout their hospitalization; in fact, the percentage of depression in these patients more than doubled from baseline to day + 8. Baseline depression was found to be independently predictive of worse QOL throughout a patient’s stay at the hospital during HCT.  The QOL of the caregivers also declined throughout the stay. The results of this study emphasize the need for assessing pre-HCT mental stability, which may have “important clinical implications on patients' QOL and adaptation during the transplantation process,” and show that there is a need for appropriate interventions for these patients so that their QOL will not be negatively impacted. 

Study shows need for psychosocial support for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant
Study shows need for psychosocial support for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant
The authors conducted a study to investigate the impact of hospitalization for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) on the quality of life (QOL) and mood of patients and family caregivers (FC). Patients undergoing HCT reported a steep deterioration in QOL and substantially worsening depression during hospitalization.
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