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An Approach to Assess Quality of Life through Biometric Monitoring in Cancer Patients
Cancer is a serious disease that causes significant disability and suffering, so naturally Health Related Quality of Life is a major concern of patients, families and clinicians. Health Related Quality of Life is a multidimensional concept, subjective, and dynamic concept encapsulating all aspects of human life. However, there is also an objective component, which related to clinical indicators that can be monitored by wearable biometric monitoring devices. One of the most recognized as a useful, non-invasive tool to predict several pathologies is the Heart Rate Variability, which can be quantified by several indices. This paper relates biometric indices with quality of life scores from patients with lymphoma being treated at a Portuguese Hospital. Patient answered FACT questionnaire and used a smart-band that collected biometrical data. In the Physical Well -Being, Total, Lymphoma subscale and FACT-Lym Trial Outcome domains, the SDNN and RMSSD parameters revealed a similar pattern as the domain scores.