Supportive care needs of women with gynecologic cancer

Cancer Nurs. 2008 Jul-Aug;31(4):284-91. doi: 10.1097/01.NCC.0000305743.64452.30.


Gynecologic cancers often place a heavy emotional and physical burden on patients. However, there is a lack of information about the types of supportive care needs that these patients have, the services that are available, and whether patients want help with their needs. The aims of this cross-sectional, descriptive study were to (1) identify the supportive care needs (physical, emotional, social, spiritual, psychological, informational, and practical) of women with gynecologic cancer who attended a comprehensive, outpatient cancer center in Ontario, Canada, and (2) determine if patients wanted assistance in meeting those needs. A total of 103 patients participated in this study by completing a self-report questionnaire. Sixty-five of the women were no longer on treatment at the time of completing the survey. Eight of the top 10 most frequently reported needs were non physical, such as fears about the cancer returning or spreading. The data indicated that a range of needs remained unmet for this patient group. However, identifying the presence of a need did not necessarily mean that a patient wanted to have assistance with the need. Suggestions for practice and future research are offered to assist healthcare professionals in providing care to these patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Fear / psychology
  • Female
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / nursing
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / psychology*
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / therapy
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Ontario
  • Patient Care*
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support
  • Spiritual Therapies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires