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Experiences of the breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy at a Public Hospital Peshawar Pakistan

1 Postgraduate College of Nursing Hayatabad, Peshawar, Pakistan
2 Shifa College of Nursing, Tameer-e-Millat University, Islamabad, Pakistan
3 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
4 Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan

Correspondence Address:
Gulzar Habibullah,
Postgraduate College of Nursing Hayatabad, Peshawar
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

Objective: This study aimed to explore the experiences of female breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy (RT) in a public hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan. Methods: This study employed a descriptive exploratory method. A purposive sample of 14 breast cancer women undergoing RT was selected for this study. Data were collected over the period of 5 months, using a semi-structured interview guide and conducting in-depth face-to-face interviews. These interviews were audio taped and transcribed by a bilingual transcriber. The translated version of the interview was coded, and the analysis was done manually. Results: Four main categories emerged from data analysis, which were: feelings and perceptions of the patients, their challenges, coping strategies, and teaching and informational needs. Conclusions: Women undergoing RT in this culture experience more intense psychological effects, as compared to the physical effects. Keeping in mind, the magnitude of the emotional stress experienced by the participants, recommendations for policy reforms, and training for female RT staff are suggested based on findings of this research.

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