A qualitative study among breast cancer patients on chemotherapy

Experiences and side-effects

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Purpose: The objective of this study was to explore the experiences and side-effects of breast cancer patients on chemotherapy in Malaysia. Participants and methods: Purposive sampling of 36 breast cancer patients who have completed chemotherapy and agreed to participate in semi-structured in-depth interviews. A constant comparative method and thematic analysis were used to analyze the interviews. Results: Data were categorized into six main themes: know nothing of chemotherapy; fear of chemotherapy; patients’ beliefs in alternative treatments; symptom management; staying healthy after chemotherapy; and concerns of patients after chemotherapy. Conclusion: Despite complaints about the bad experiences of their chemotherapy-induced side-effects, these patients still managed to complete the entire course of chemotherapy. Moreover, there is a need for a clinical pharmacy service in the oncology clinic setting in Malaysia in order to provide relevant information to help patients understand the chemotherapy received.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1955-1964
Number of pages10
JournalPatient Preference and Adherence
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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anxiety
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Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical pharmacy service
  • Malaysia
  • Semi-structured interview

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy

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