Chemotherapy-related Cognitive Impairment: The Breast Cancer Experience
Review TypeNone: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2019-04-02T14:35:51Z
Author(s)Myers, Jamie S.
Author DetailsJamie S. Myers, RN, PhD
Lead Author Sigma AffliationDelta
Level of EvidenceOther
Research ApproachQualitative Research
CINAHL HeadingsBreast Neoplasms--Therapy; Cancer Patients; Chemotherapy, Cancer--Adverse Effects; Cognition Disorders--Chemically Induced; Life Experiences; Breast Neoplasms; Chemotherapy, Cancer; Cognition Disorders
The aims of this qualitative descriptive study were to describe the experience of chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment (CRCI) for women with breast cancer who received chemotherapy; and identify information about CRCI that women would find useful prior to chemotherapy and the onset of CRCI. In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 women who reported changes in cognitive function and were within 6-12 months of completing chemotherapy. Participants described issues with short term memory, trouble focusing, and difficulty with word finding, reading, and driving. Support and validation of the experience was acknowledged as important. Coping strategies included writing things down, depending on others, focusing on one task at a time, and giving oneself permission to make mistakes. Participants wanted to receive information about CRCI prior to initiating chemotherapy and desired an individualized approach to education and made specific recommendations for educational content. On-going assessment for CRCI and reinforcement of education were recommended.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 3434774; ProQuest document ID: 847397106. The author still retains copyright. Results published: Myers, J.S. Chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment: The breast cancer experience, Oncology Nursing Forum. 39(1), January 2012, E31-E40.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Kansas
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
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