Quality of life in Arab Muslim cancer survivors following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: comparison with matched healthy group

Fawwaz Alaloul*, Dorothy Y. Brockopp, Michael A. Andrykowski, Lynne A. Hall, Taghreed S. Al Nusairat

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Purpose: The aims of this study were to determine if quality of life (QOL) among Arab Muslim hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) survivors differs from that of a healthy matched comparison group and to examine the relationships of demographic and medical variables and perceived social support with post-HSCT QOL. Methods: HSCT survivors (n = 63) were recruited from the King Hussein Cancer Center outpatient clinic. A matched (age, gender, education), healthy comparison group (n = 63) was recruited through public advertisements. Participants completed the EORTC-30 QOL scale and the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey. Results: Differences were found between the Arab Muslim HSCT survivor and healthy comparison groups for physical functioning (p <.0001), role functioning (p <.01), social functioning (p <.0001) QOL domains, and an overall symptom score (p =.003) with the HSCT group reporting poorer status than the healthy comparison group. Effect sizes for the three QOL domains ranged from.50 (role functioning) to 1.20 (social functioning). No significant difference was noted between the Arab Muslim HSCT and comparison groups in emotional and cognitive QOL domains. Higher overall symptom scores were significantly associated with poorer QOL across all QOL domains. Conclusion: Similar to prior research with HSCT survivors, results suggest that HSCT has a significant negative impact on QOL. However, despite this general similarity, results suggest that the needs and experience of Muslim Arab HSCT survivors might differ from those of Western HSCT survivors in the social and emotional QOL domains. Given growing numbers of Arab and Muslim cancer survivors in the USA and other Western countries, future research is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2157-2164
Number of pages8
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 30 2015


  • Arab Muslim
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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