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Experiences and coping strategies of women receiving treatment for breast and gynecological cancers during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study.

Authors
  • Göral Türkcü, Sinem1
  • Uludağ, Elif2
  • Serçekuş, Pınar1
  • Özkan, Sevgi1
  • Yaren, Arzu3
  • 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Pamukkale University Faculty of Health Sciences, Denizli, Turkey. , (Turkey)
  • 2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Pamukkale University Faculty of Health Sciences, Denizli, Turkey. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Turkey)
  • 3 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey. , (Turkey)
Type
Published Article
Journal
European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Publication Date
Sep 30, 2021
Volume
54
Pages
102045–102045
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2021.102045
PMID: 34619418
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine experiences and coping strategies of women receiving treatment for breast and gynecological cancers during the COVID-19 pandemic. A descriptive, phenomenological approach was adopted. The study included 15 women receiving treatment for breast and gynecological cancers in the chemotherapy center of a university hospital. Data was collected with a descriptive characteristic form and semi-structured in-depth interviews. Data analysis revealed three main themes: Problems, protection and coping. The main theme of 'problems' was grouped into four categories: living with anxiety and fear, social isolation, physical difficulties, and financial difficulties. 'Protection' was grouped into four categories: decreased stigmatization, increased preventive measures, increased communication between family members, and keeping distance. Coping was grouped into four categories: religious practices, social support, positive thinking, and hobbies. The participants were found to experience psychosocial, financial and physical difficulties. However, they also mentioned positive aspects of the pandemic: elimination of stigmatization due to the obligation for everyone to wear a mask, lack of visits due to the lockdown and enhanced communication with family members due to increased time spent at home. Religious practices, social support, positive thinking and spending time on hobbies were helpful to cope with the problems experienced during the pandemic. The results of this study can guide nurses in offering high-quality nursing care and counseling to women treated for breast and gynecological cancers during the pandemic. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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