Reported lower quality of life
Therefore, the researchers wanted to be able to offer a quantitative response to these questions. They wanted to find the proportion of women who had lower qualities of life and well-being in comparison to the general population when they completed their treatment, and test how long it would take for them to feel normal again, if ever.
580 women who experienced three or more cycles of chemotherapy completed the questionnaire, and 44 percent stated that their quality of life was significantly lower than the general population at the baseline. After treatment, 35 percent believed that they had returned to normal within three months, and 73 percent felt the same after six months. While this does seem like positive information, as three to six months are not too long, 27 percent of women felt as if they had not returned to normal even after 18 months.