Cancer treatments are expected to improve the quality of life of the patients. Thus the comparison of the quality of life before and after treatment is important to be present. Several dimensions are used in measuring the quality of life, i.e., global quality of life, physical functioning, role functioning, emotional functioning, cognitive functioning, and social functioning. We applied meta-analysis to identify the comparison based on the included study material from Google Scholar. The duration in measuring the quality of life after treatment is at least two months. The treatments included in this study are chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. There are 12 suitable study materials from 1150 available articles. The models used are a random-effects model since there exists heterogeneity between studies for all variables. In general, the quality of life of patients after treatment has increased, which is indicated by the negative mean difference estimation for all variables. However, the improvement of the quality of life in the dimensions of role functioning and cognitive functioning is not significant. Meanwhile, in the other four dimensions, the improvement was significant. Thus, cancer treatments are able to improve the patient's quality of life in the long term.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoft Computing in Data Science - 6th International Conference, SCDS 2021, Proceedings
EditorsAzlinah Mohamed, Bee Wah Yap, Jasni Mohamad Zain, Michael W. Berry
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789811673337
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event6th International Conference on Soft Computing in Data Science, SCDS 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2 Nov 20213 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1489 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference6th International Conference on Soft Computing in Data Science, SCDS 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Cancer
  • Meta-analysis
  • Quality of life
  • Treatment


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