We aimed to compare the health-related quality of life and health behaviors of acute leukemia (AL) survivors with that of the general population from two cohorts. AL survivors (n = 149) completed a set of questionnaires to evaluate quality of life, mental status, and health behaviors. AL survivors had more physical and mental difficulties (problems with usual activities, 15% vs. 5%, p < 0.001; anxiety or depression, 24% vs. 9%, p < 0.001; pain, 35% vs. 20%, p = 0.002) and more financial difficulties (p < 0.001) than the general population. Survivors who received stem cell transplantation (SCT) had significantly worse problems with role functioning, fatigue, pain, dyspnea, and insomnia, and had higher depression scores than chemotherapy group (p = 0.024). In terms of health behaviors, AL survivors had lower rates of smoking and drinking and higher influenza vaccination rates than the general population. However, only 17% of survivors had been recommended to receive screening for other cancers from health-care providers, and 67% thought their risk for other cancers was equal or lower than that of the general population. Cancer screening rates were even lower in the SCT group than in the chemotherapy group (p = 0.041). Our study indicates that clinicians should establish more appropriate survivorship care plans.
- Acute leukemia
- Health-related quality of life
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation