A study to assess the level of anxiety among cancer patient under chemotherapy
Alfred Solomon and Roobini
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an exaggerated reaction to a certain situation.
Many illnesses can cause anxiety. Cancer is a group of diseases involving the abnormal growth of cells with the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. These tumors are contrasted with benign, non-spreading tumors. Treatment methods, including chemotherapy, can increase anxiety in cancer survivors. This study aims to assess the anxiety level of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
•To assess knowledge of level of anxiety among cancer patients
•To find out the significant association between socio-demographic variables and level of anxiety among cancer patients.
Methods: Descriptive research design was used to assess the knowledge of level of anxiety patients in Saveetha Medical College and Hospital. The total number 50 study participants were participated who met all inclusion criteria. Purposive sampling technique used. Data collected by administering standardized questionnaire. The data oraganized and analysed by using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: Among the 50 cancer patients (n=50) approached, 31(62%) were aged above 55 years, 38(76%) were male, 26(52%) were Hindus, 31(62%) had primary education, 44(88%) were married, 31(62%) had other occupation, 33(66%) belonged nuclear family and 28(56%) had family income of <10000. The result shows that 26(52%) had minimal to moderate anxiety 11(22%) were normal, 8(16%) had marked to severe anxiety and 5(10%) had most extreme anxiety. The mean score of anxiety among cancer patients under chemotherapy was 54.78 with standard deviation 9.88 With minimum score of 41.0 and maximum score of 78.0.