PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS AFFECTING CANCER PATIENTS IN INDIA

Haritha Kodali, Anne Kalyan Sahan, Akhilaja Pratyusha, Sai Sujatha

Abstract


Aims:
This article reviews the psychological and social factors affecting Indian cancer patients and explores the
relationship between these factors and the age, sex and treatment protocol of the patient
Settings and Design:
This study was conducted at the Indo American Cancer hospital located in Hyderabad, India. A psychosocial form was designed and used
for collecting the information in this article.
Methods and Material:
1000 patients at Indo American Cancer Hospital were asked to 􀃶ll in the psychosocial assessment form. They were asked to tick the boxes
which accurately re􀃸ected what they were feeling or were experiencing.
Statistical analysis used:
Descriptive Analysis
Results:
The three common psychological issues experienced by the patients who participated in the study were sadness, worry, and sleeplessness.
The most common social issue experienced by the patients were family problems. Patients who were procuring treatment through surgical
methods experienced more worry when compared to those procuring treatment via chemotherapy and radiation respectively. However,
patients being treated via radiation experienced more sadness than those treated through surgery or chemotherapy.
Conclusions:
A higher proportion of surgical patients (71%) experienced more worry compared to chemotherapy or radiation patients. This could be
due to fear of complications or fear of surgery itself. This can be reduced by regular counselling.


Keywords


Psychosocial effects on cancer patients, Cancer patients India, psychological effects on cancer patients, social issues of cancer patients.

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IARC, Globocan, http://www.cancerindex.org/India

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