A New Horizon in Life: Experiences of Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

Alireza Nikbakht Nasrabadi, Ali Mohammadpour, Mohammad Fathi

Abstract


INTRODUCTION: The treatment quality of diseases can affect the patient’s experience. Due to its different complications among cancer patients, the experience of chemotherapy is unique. The present study was conducted to explore the lived experience among cancer patients who had received chemotherapy.

METHODS: The study was conducted by a qualitative approach and a phenomenological method. In so doing, 12 cancer patients who had received chemotherapy were purposefully selected were interviewed using an in-depth method. After the required data were collected, they were analyzed by Tanner, Allen, Diekelmann method.

RESULTS: Analysis of the collected data indicated that the experience of chemotherapy appeared as “a new horizon in life” for the patients. Secondary themes of the new horizon in life included rebirth, understanding of life values, dependence, and need.

CONCLUSION: According to the results of the study, it was concluded that in addition to taking into providing mental-spiritual support and reducing the complications of the treatment, nurses in chemotherapy wards should pay attention to the experiences of the patients receiving chemotherapy and enhance hope and positive attitude among them.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/gjhs.v8n4p102

Global Journal of Health Science   ISSN 1916-9736(Print)   ISSN 1916-9744(Online)

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