Quality Of Life Among Urogynecological Cancer Survivors: A Qualitative Analysis Of The Patient
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 6, Pages 1599-1605
AbstractINTRODUCTION: Urogynaecological cancers include Cancer of Uterus, Ovary, Fallopian tubes, Cervix, Endometrium, Vagina, and Bladder. The 5 year survival rate in India also hasbeen declined. The complications such as Urinary incontinence, over active bladder, pelvic pain etc., drastically affects the quality of life. Patient cantered assessment would provide understanding about impact of the treatment and exploring the areas where little research exists. AIM: To assess the quality of life among Urogynaecological cancer survivors using a semi-structured interview. METHODOLOGY: Five women with one year history of urogynaecological cancer survivorship were considered and a semi-structured interview based on open ended questions. The interview was audio recorded, transcribed and analysed. Themes were set up by two individual researchers on the basis of the data obtained from the patients. RESULTS: The participants who had one year history of urogynaecological cancer survivorship were interviewed and their responses were classified into five themes namely physical, psychological, social, financial and sexual. CONCLUSION: The quality of life of the urogynaecological cancer survivors varied in terms of short term pain, fear and courage to some as well. This could help to build up a condition specific-questionnaire for a multidisciplinary approach.
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