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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 445--450

Quality of life among cancer patients


1 Department of Community Health Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
2 Head of the Institution, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Surgery, Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
5 Department of Biochemistry, Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
6 Department of Child Health Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
7 Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Malathi G Nayak
Department of Community Health Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_82_17

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Introduction: Cancer is a leading cause of death. People living with cancer experience a variety of symptoms. Quality of life (QOL) is a major concern of patients with terminal cancer. Symptoms affect their QOL. Management of symptoms improves distress and QOL. Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the QOL among cancer patients. Materials and Methods: A survey was conducted among 768 cancer patients selected by a convenient sampling technique. Data was collected from cancer patients by interview technique using structured and validated interviewed schedule. Results: Out of 768 cancer patients, 30.2% patients were in the age group of 51–60 years, majority with head–and-neck cancer (40.1%), and 57.7% had stage III disease. QOL of majority of patients was influenced by their symptoms. 82.3% of them had low QOL scores. Conclusion: Cancer patients experienced many symptoms that affected their QOL. There is a need to develop interventions for effective management of symptoms that will empower the patients to have a greater sense of control over their illness and treatment and to improve the QOL.






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