Karnofsky Performance Status Scale
Determines ability of patient to tolerate chemotherapy.
For patients ≥ 16 years old. Useful to use over time to track disease progression.
When to Use
Normal no complaints; no evidence of disease
Able to carry on normal activity; minor signs or symptoms of disease
Normal activity with effort; some signs or symptoms of disease
Cares for self; unable to carry on normal activity or to do active work
Requires occasional assistance, but is able to care for most of his personal needs
Requires considerable assistance and frequent medical care
Disabled; requires special care and assistance
Severely disabled; hospital admission is indicated although death not imminent
Very sick; hospital admission necessary; active supportive treatment necessary
Moribund; fatal processes progressing rapidly
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