Objective: To evaluate the health-related quality of life (QOL) of testicular cancer (TC) survivors using the Japanese version of the EORTC QLQ-TC26 questionnaire in a multi-institutional, cross-sectional study. Methods: This study recruited TC survivors who were followed after treatment for TC at eight high-volume institutions between January, 2018 and March, 2019. The participants completed the EORTC QLQ-TC26 questionnaire and mailed the completed questionnaires to a central institution. The QOL scores were assessed according to therapeutic modality (watchful waiting, WW; chemotherapy, CT; and CT followed by retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, CT+RPLND) and follow-up period and compared using analysis of variance and Student's t-test. Results: A total of 567 TC survivors responded to the questionnaire. The median age at response was 43 years (IQR 35-51 years), and the median follow-up was 5.2 years (IQR 2.2-10.0 years). As for treatment side effects and physical limitations, the scores of the CT+RPLND group were significantly higher than those of the WW group, especially within one year after treatment. In addition, TC survivors in the CT+RPLND group reported high impairment related to job and education problems and future perspective less than 5 years after treatment. Even TC survivors in the WW group were anxious about job and education issues within one year after treatment. Conclusion: TC survivors were anxious about not only cancer recurrence, but also their jobs and education. TC patients should be given appropriate information on QOL after treatment for TC to attenuate post-treatment anxiety and improve their health-related QOL.
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