A Phenomenology of the Lived Experiences of Bahraini Women Undergoing Breast Cancer-Related Chemotherapy
Repository Posting Date2016-03-17T12:58:18Z
Author(s)Fadhul, Shahzalan Ibrahim
Author DetailsShahzalan Ibrahim Fadhul, RN
Lead Author Sigma AffliationNon-member
Other Title(s)Global Trends in Breast Cancer Care [Session]
Session presented on Friday, July 24, 2015: Purpose: The study aimed to explore women's experiences with breast cancer and chemotherapy Its objectives are,' to: (1) uncover' women's experiences' with breast cancer and chemotherapy; (2)' identify' psychosocial needs of these patients; (3)' examine their quality of life; (4) improve oncology nursing practice.Methods: 'Qualitative phenomenological design was used to explore women's experiences with breast cancer and chemotherapy. Open-ended interview questions were used to collect data. Data' analysis followed the four-step phenomenological data analysis .' Results: Six major themes emerged from the data, namely: life became dark, always ready to help, closed doors,' cancer sticking in my family, God helping me and conceRNimportant to me. These themes represented the psychosocial aspects of the women's experiences with breast cancer and chemotherapy.Conclusion: This study is the first phenomenological nursing study in Bahrain to uncover women's experiences with breast cancer.' Its small sample does not warrant bigger representativeness, but it provides a data baseline for future nursing research on breast cancer in the Arab region.' Nurses should understand the psychosocial needs of breast cancer patients in order to help' them cope with their situation and live quality life. They should be able to enhance their skills in providing patient support and care through further education.