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The Supportive Care Framework for Cancer Care was originally formulated in 1994 (Fitch, 1994). The framework was designed as a tool for cancer care professionals and program managers to conceptualize what type of help cancer patients might require and how planning for service delivery might be approached. The framework has been presented in various arenas(More)
PURPOSE To assess patient preference for oral versus intravenous (i.v.) palliative chemotherapy (CT). A strong preference would be an important quality-of-life issue. PATIENTS AND METHODS A structured interviewer-administered scenario-based questionnaire evaluated incurable cancer patients who would be likely to receive palliative CT in the future. Using(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to use qualitative methods to contribute to a complete patient perspective on the psychosocial impact of colorectal cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS A qualitative descriptive study was conducted in 20 patients attending a gastrointestinal follow-up clinic at the Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre. The data(More)
Gynecologic cancers often place a heavy emotional and physical burden on patients. However, there is a lack of information about the types of supportive care needs that these patients have, the services that are available, and whether patients want help with their needs. The aims of this cross-sectional, descriptive study were to (1) identify the supportive(More)
This paper draws on the results of a longitudinal, qualitative study of men with prostate cancer (treated with prostatectomy) and their spouses. Interviews were conducted separately and simultaneously with men and their spouses, at three points in time (pre-surgery, 8-10 weeks post-surgery and 11-13 months post-surgery). The primary focus in the paper is on(More)
Ovarian cancer may be particularly challenging for women, both physically and psychologically, because of the advanced nature of the disease at the time of diagnosis, the side effects of the disease, the repetitive cycles of aggressive therapy, and the perceived loss of femininity from the removal of reproductive organs. In addition, women with this disease(More)
This study reports on the experience of women in four community breast cancer self-help groups in Ontario, Canada. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 women, asking them about benefits and limitations of their group involvement, and about their perspectives on group processes and structures. Overall, participants reported their group(More)
New evidence has emerged concerning the persistent presence of a combination of symptoms that can be indicative of ovarian cancer. Professionals need to be aware of this evidence and incorporate it into their practice. Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC) has implemented an innovative program in selected Canadian universities, as a method to educate undergraduate(More)
As the 1990's draw to a close, the cancer care environment is undergoing rapid change. Many issues exist within the complex environment of cancer care that could create a challenge in providing quality nursing care to patients. This study examined the current challenges oncology nurses face in their daily practice. Surveys were mailed to members of the(More)
The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe the perspectives of women living with ovarian cancer about their experiences with diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care. A convenience sample of 18 women was interviewed using an open-ended interview guide. This paper will focus on their perspectives during the peri-diagnostic period. Most of the(More)