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Performance Status


Performance Status

Performance status is a measure of how well you are functioning. It is measured using one of two scales. Your doctor will use one of these scales as a rough guide to whether you will be able to tolerate chemotherapy or whether you can be placed in a clinical trial.

Some doctors use a 1 to 100 scale, where 100 indicates that a person is functioning at his or her absolute best, with no limitations or other health problems.

Other doctors use a scale of 0 to 4 where:

0: Fully active, able to carry on all activities.
1: Able to carry out most activities. Restrictions apply to physically strenuous activity.
2: Active and able to care for self. Unable to perform work activity. Up and about at least 50% of waking hours.
3:Capable of only limited self-care. Confined to a bed or chair at least 50% of waking hours.
4: Cannot care for self. Confined to a bed or chair.

When referring to clinical trials that use a new therapy or different doses of chemotherapy than normal, it is important to note the performance status of the participants in the study. If their performance status is 0 or 1, the information from that study may not be reasonable to apply to someone with a performance status of 2, 3, or 4.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerMichael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology
Last RevisedOctober 28, 2011

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