Performance Status Indicators

Performance status is frequently used to quantify cancer patients well being and often used to indicate whether or not a patient can tolerate chemotherapy. There are other uses - does reduction, use in trial and quality of life.

WHO / European Cooperative Oncology Group

Score Description
Asymptomatic (Fully active, able to carry on all predisease activities without restriction)
Symptomatic but completely ambulatory (Restricted in physically strenuous activity but ambulatory and able to carry out work of a light or sedentary nature. For example, light housework, office work)
Symptomatic, <50% in bed during the day (Ambulatory and capable of all self care but unable to carry out any work activities. Up and about more than 50% of waking hours)
Symptomatic, >50% in bed, but not bedbound (Capable of only limited self-care, confined to bed or chair 50% or more of waking hours)
Bedbound (Completely disabled. Cannot carry on any self-care. Totally confined to bed or chair)

A score of zero denotes perfect health.

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