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Title: A QUALITATIVE EXPLORATION OF THE PSYCHOSOCIAL NEEDS OF BREAST CANCER PATIENTS RECEIVING CHEMOTHERAPY
Authors: YEO MIN LI KIMBERLY
Keywords: Breast cancer
Chemotherapy treatment
Psychosocial needs
Coping
Support
Issue Date: 25-May-2019
Citation: YEO MIN LI KIMBERLY (2019-05-25). A QUALITATIVE EXPLORATION OF THE PSYCHOSOCIAL NEEDS OF BREAST CANCER PATIENTS RECEIVING CHEMOTHERAPY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: Breast cancer (BC) has the highest incidences among women in Singapore. BC and chemotherapy treatment is a stressful route to patients as they endure a tremendous series of psychosocial challenges. There are still gaps in scientific research that extensively examine the psychosocial needs among BC patients, which is notably lacking in Singapore. Hence, this qualitative study will explore the psychosocial experiences of patients with BC. Aim: The study aims to gather preliminary qualitative data on the psychosocial challenges encounter by breast cancer patients, patients’ coping strategies and support needs. Method: This qualitative study purposively selected ten patients with BC who are receiving chemotherapy. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with patients. Data from the interview were audio-recorded and transcribed. Thematic analysis was conducted using Colaizzi’s seven stages. Findings: Three themes were established from the thematic analysis, which is: impact of breast cancer, coping strategies, and support needs. The findings represent the perceptions of the participants on their psychosocial confrontation with BC like fatigue, alopecia, and financial worries. Self-coping mechanism such as maintaining optimism and strong belief in God, accompanied by stable social support from family and healthcare professionals were revealed to be critical for patients’ adaptation to breast cancer. However, the findings found that peer support is not available for patients, who many regarded as important for sharing of experience and knowledge. Conclusion: Breast cancer patients encounter various psychosocial stresses at diagnosis and during the treatment period. The oncologic team must provide accessible and affordable psychosocial supports for patients. Implications: This study supports the implementation of a peer support program. Nurses could initiate individual peer support sessions for breast cancer patients to express their emotional concerns while benefiting from the knowledge shared by peers.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/154123
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