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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19--23

HealthCare-Related Quality of Life and Lived Existential Experiences among Young Adults Diagnosed with Cancer: A Mixed-Method Study

C Vasantha Kalyani, Suresh K Sharma, K Kusum, KJ Lijumol 
 Department of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Dr. C Vasantha Kalyani
Department of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
India

Background: As cancer is a noncommunicable disease and it is a major global burden in terms of finances. It is also affecting quality of life of a person completely. Aim: The aim of the present study was to identify the effect of cancer on quality of life of an individual as a whole. Methods: The present study was triangulation study, and we examined 30 young adult cancer patients of age group 20–44 years who were admitted in different oncological units of our hospital in 2018. We included all their case datasheets for identifying clinical variables. Data collection tools used were the European organization for research and treatment for cancer quality of life questionnaire (version 3-Hindi). Qualitative data were collected using open-ended questionnaire regarding young adult cancer patient's experiences, feelings, and difficulties faced during cancer diagnosis and treatment. Results: Results concluded that young adult cancer patient's global health status score were average. Their physical function as well as social function score depicted that both were affected significantly, whereas cognitive functions were not affected anymore. Most commonly symptoms faced by young adult's cancer patients were pain, insomnia, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss. Financial burden was major burden faced by patient as well as caregiver during the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. From qualitative data of the study, it was concluded that when patient were first told about cancer diagnosis first, they feel sad. Their primary relatives were first informed about their diagnosis. Most of patient's cancer were diagnosed in first stage. Cancer had affected patient's personal as well as social life completely. Nobody helps them during the diagnosis and treatment of their disease. Majority of cancer treatment options were chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery and majority of them were getting chemotherapy from AIIMS, Rishikesh. The most common difficulty the patient's faced during the diagnosis of cancer was financial. Patient's opinion for cancer and its treatment were that everybody who had any symptoms of cancer they should immediately come to hospital for treatment. When we asked them about effect of cancer as a whole their responses were disturbed family role, disturbed attachment with family and friends, disturbed social role, financial burden as well as disturbed education, respectively. Conclusion: From this study, we concluded that quality of life of young adult cancer patients were affected badly in terms of physical, social, symptomatically, and financially. It may also help to plan ahead by patients as well as health professionals to improve the patient's quality of life.


How to cite this article:
Kalyani C V, Sharma SK, Kusum K, Lijumol K J. HealthCare-Related Quality of Life and Lived Existential Experiences among Young Adults Diagnosed with Cancer: A Mixed-Method Study.Indian J Palliat Care 2020;26:19-23


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Kalyani C V, Sharma SK, Kusum K, Lijumol K J. HealthCare-Related Quality of Life and Lived Existential Experiences among Young Adults Diagnosed with Cancer: A Mixed-Method Study. Indian J Palliat Care [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 4 ];26:19-23
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