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, 22 (1), 208-213

Attitudes of Cancer Patients After Diagnosis: How Cancer Affects Social Life? A Turkish Oncology Group Study

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Attitudes of Cancer Patients After Diagnosis: How Cancer Affects Social Life? A Turkish Oncology Group Study

Erdinc Nayir et al. J BUON.

Abstract

Purpose: Each year, 12.7 million people learn that they have cancer and 8.2 million people die of cancer worldwide. Cancer is a major public health issue which causes fundamental changes in the lives of patients and their families. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the lives of patients after diagnosis and determine the changes in their lifestyles.

Methods: Between September 2013 to December 2013, a questionnaire consisting of 22 questions was administered during a face to face interview to patients at 13 different Oncology Units in Turkey. Each patient was queried during the administration of his/her chemotherapy. Eight of the questions featured independent choices, and 14 had dependent (multiple) choices.

Results: A total of 1300 patients were included in the study. Of patients 9.5% were 71 years of age and older which was the oldest age group. The mean patient age was 54.6±13.8 years. Of the whole group of patients 58.5% were female and 41.5% male. After diagnosis, 64% of the patients reported that they were complying with guidelines for a healthy lifestyle and 80% said that they were eating healthier food. At the time they filled in the questionnaire, more than half of the patients (57.3%) felt optimistic about their disease.

Conclusions: Diagnosis of cancer may change the patients' dietary and reading habits, social relationships, activities and more importantly, their point of life view.

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