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EJMI. 2021; 5(3): 322-328 | DOI: 10.14744/ejmi.2021.70558

Understanding Breast Cancer From the Patientsí Perspective

Eyup Cavdar1, Yakup Iriagac1, Kubilay Karaboyun1, Okan Avci1, Erdogan Selcuk Seber1, 1
1Department of Medical Oncology, Tekirdag Namżk Kemal University, Tekirdag, Turkey

Objectives: We performed this study to seek what patients think about their diagnosis, treatment process and survivorship. Methods: We evalued 125 breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy in a descriptive and prospective study using a well-structured questionnaire. Results: Most of the patients had information about breast cancer screening at the time of the questionnaire (57.6%), but the proportion of those who had prior knowledge of the disease was low (29.6%). While the most frequent sign of breast cancer was reported to be a palpable mass (53.6%), the most frequent detection method was breast selfexamination (67.2%). The most frequent adverse effect of chemotherapy were reported to be hair loss (98.4%). Patientsí expectations regarding the disease and adverse events were mostly stated as ďI will be completely curedĒ (79.2% and 53.6%, respectively). Etiological factor most frequently accepted by the patients were stress (85.6%). Most of the patients received support from their families during the course of the disease (91.2%). Conclusion: This study provides important new information for every stage of the fight against breast cancer from the perspective of cancer patients. These findings are useful for new programs and clinical decision-making. Keywords: Breast cancer, breast screening, chemotherapy, perspective, survey


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Cavdar E, Iriagac Y, Karaboyun K, Avci O, Seber E. Understanding Breast Cancer From the Patientsí Perspective. EJMI. 2021; 5(3): 322-328

Corresponding Author: Eyup Cavdar

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