Utilization of a Self- Care Educational Program for Alleviating Chemotherapy Induced Physical Side Effects
Journal of Cancer Treatment and Research
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women of both developed and developing countries. It is one of the leading causes of deaths in females. The aim of this study was to evaluate the utilization of a self-care educational program for alleviating chemotherapy induced physical side effects. A quasi -experimental design was used. The study was conducted at outpatient clinics at Oncology Center at Mansoura university Hospital. The study subjects included eighty mastectomised women
... ised women receiving parenteral adjuvant chemotherapy for the first time. Subjects were divided randomly into two groups: the intervention group obtained a self-care educational program while the control group received the routine care. Three tools were used for data collection (An interview questionnaire sheet, Modified memorial (chemotherapy) symptoms assessment scale& Modified self-care diary scale). Study results showed that self-care educational program is effective on alleviating physical side effects of chemotherapy. The study recommended the important of teaching such educational program in all Egyptian Oncology Centers for alleviating such chemotherapy induced physical side effects.