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Research Article

Patients Perspective Of Cancer Treatment And Care In Vhembe District Of Limpopo Province

Dorah Ursula Ramathuba1,2*, Ramutumbu Neo Jacqueline3 and Ndou ND3
1Department of Nursing, University of Venda, South Africa
2Tshilidzini Hospital, Department of Health, South Africa
3Department of Nursing, University of Venda, South Africa
Corresponding Author : Dorah Ursula Ramathuba
Department of Nursing
University of Venda
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Received May 23, 2014; Accepted July 28, 2014; Published July 30, 2014
Citation: Ramathuba DU, Jacqueline RN, Ndou ND (2014) Patients’ Perspective of Cancer Treatment and Care in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province. J Nurs Care 3:186. doi10.4172/2167-1168.1000186
Copyright: © 2014 Ramathuba DU, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Objective: The study explored and described the experiences of patients diagnosed with cancer in Vhembe district, Limpopo Province. A qualitative research design which was phenomenological, exploratory, descriptive was used. The aim of the study was to add to the knowledge and understanding of the complex human phenomena. Methods: A purposive theoretical sample of twelve patients who were diagnosed with different cancers within 2-5 years in a regional hospital in Vhembe district of Limpopo Province was obtained. Data was collected through in-depth interviews with eight participants who were in remission phase or undergoing treatment. Data saturation occurred after in-depth interviews with eight participants, field notes were also used during data collection. Results: The findings revealed that cancer patients experienced poor communication and attitudes, experienced body changes, sense of withdrawal and depression and problems with follow-up care. Conclusions: Understanding the cultural perspective of what it is like to have cancer and filling the gaps of patient’s expectations and addressing emotional and physical needs.

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