Women's lived experiences of advanced cervical cancer: a descriptive qualitative study.

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Natuhwera, Germans, Ellis, Peter and Acuda, Stanley Wilson 2021. Women's lived experiences of advanced cervical cancer: a descriptive qualitative study. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 27 (9), pp. 450-462. https://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2021.27.9.450
AuthorsNatuhwera, Germans, Ellis, Peter and Acuda, Stanley Wilson
AbstractTo explore the lived experiences of women with advanced incurable cervical cancer attending a palliative care service in Uganda. This qualitative and exploratory study was conducted at Mobile Hospice Mbarara in South Western Uganda. The target population was a convenience sample of all patients with a confirmed histological diagnosis of advanced cervical cancer; stage 2B to 4B, and clinically advanced disease. Demographic data were collected prior to conducting semi-structured audio-taped interviews. Transcripts were read and re-read, coded and codes were then abstracted into emergent broad-based meaningful themes by consensus. A total of 10 participants, average age of 53.4, age range 40-71, cancer staging 2B to 4 and average duration of illness 3.5 years were interviewed. Six themes emerged from the data: socio-demographic profiles of the women; road to cancer diagnosis; effects of disease on women's quality of life; experiences with main stream medicine; adapting to having cancer and needs of the women. Living with advanced incurable cervical cancer is associated with significant disruptions in all domains of life. Good palliative care enables patients to achieve an optimal quality life. Poverty and a lack of knowledge about cervical cancer among women and health workers are the strongest predictors of a patient receiving a late advanced diagnosis.
KeywordsAdvanced cancer; Palliative care; Cancer of cervix; Experiences
Year2021
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Journal citation27 (9), pp. 450-462
PublisherMark Allen Group
ISSN2052-286X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2021.27.9.450
Official URLhttps://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/ijpn.2021.27.9.450
Publication dates
Online30 Nov 2021
Print02 Nov 2021
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Dec 2021
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