The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences and concerns of South Asian breast cancer survivor women post-treatment in California. This was a qualitative inquiry that used interviews. The sample included five South Asian breast cancer survivor women, ages 54-68, who were 3 months to 5 years post-treatment.
Results indicated that all women had a fear of cancer recurrence and changed their lifestyle. All women experienced side effects; a few women reported feeling depressed; and most women reported receiving support from their spouses, family, and/or friends. Information women reported that they wanted included in survivorship care plans included diagnosis, record of treatments received, prognosis, information about potential acute and late toxicities, statistical information, psychological information, sexual information, spiritual information, and social information. Health care professionals should incorporate this information when designing culturally sensitive survivorship care plans for South Asian breast cancer survivor women.
|Commitee:||Ashing-Giwa, Kimlin, Grant, Marcia, Ignat, Sharon|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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