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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 158--165

Evaluation of socio-demographic factors for non-compliance to treatment in locally advanced cases of cancer cervix in a rural medical college hospital in India


1 Department of Radiotherapy, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Sushrutanagar, District Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Sushrutanagar, District Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

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Samrat Dutta
Department of Radiotherapy, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Sushrutanagar, District Darjeeling, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.121530

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Introduction: Carcinoma cervix is a leading cause of cancer in India. However, majority of the patients face a problem of not being able to complete the treatment. Aim: This study was an attempt to find out the important causes of this non-compliance to treatment in a rural Medical College Hospital where majority of the cancer cases are of cervical cancer. Results: Out of 144 patients studied over 2 years 88 cases could not complete the treatment. The study revealed that due old age 58.33% cases were defaulters, having many children at home meant a burden to 76.92% cases and 63.89% cases had a problem of not been able to travel a far distance of more than 100 km from home to hospital for treatment. Conclusion: These were the important factors of non-compliance and suggested more important than the issues of literacy and poor socio-economic status.






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