Lived experience of Women with Breast Cancer after Receiving Chemotherapy

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ภราดร ล้อธรรมมา
อนัญญา คูอาริยะกุล
วราภรณ์ ยศทวี
นัยนา แก้วคง
ศศิธร ชิดนายี

Abstract

          This qualitative research uses phenomenological approach to describe and give insights into the post-chemo experiences of women with breast cancer. Twenty breast cancer patients selected for their first-hand experience with chemotherapy are the primary contributor to this research. Information was gathered in the province of Uttaradit and Sukhothai through in-depth interviews, observations, and Colaizzi’s method of data analysis. The results showed that the experience of women with breast cancer after receiving chemotherapy was that of 1) Seeking information to make decisions; 2) Obtaining knowledge necessary for Health Care; 3) Physical suffering including Dizziness, Giddiness, Fatigue, Nausea, Bone Pain, Bladder Pain, Hematuria, Black Fingernails, Hair Loss, and Weight Loss; 4) Mental suffering that goes from the feeling of dread, of discouragement, of being dead-alive, to the feeling of melancholic sorrow; 5) Self-care during treatment; 6) Changing one’s way of thinking to gain self-confidence; and that of 7) Gaining support from the family. With children as their best encouragement to fight through disease, and their partner as the one who is always there for comfort and consolation.

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