Unmet needs of cancer patients with chemotherapy-related hand-foot syndrome and targeted therapy-related hand-foot skin reaction: A qualitative study

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Purpose: The objective of this qualitative study was to understand the perceived needs of advanced-stage cancer patients with chemotherapy-related hand-foot syndrome (HFS) and/or targeted therapy-related hand-foot skin reaction (HFSR). Method: Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 20 outpatients with advanced/recurrent cancer and chemotherapy-related HFS and/or targeted therapy-related HFSR using a semi-structured interview guide at Keio University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. Results: The unmet needs of cancer patients with chemotherapy-related HFS and/or targeted therapy-related HFSR was identified through four themes: a sense of helplessness with persistent symptoms, noticeable appearance as a barrier to social participation, decreased willingness to work and continue treatment, and need of individual coping strategies. Conclusion: This study revealed unmet needs of cancer patients with chemotherapy-related HFS and/or targeted therapy-related HFSR that are not often voiced. Health care providers should provide full information in advance and find the best coping strategy for individual patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb 1

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Hand-Foot Syndrome
Foot
Hand
Drug Therapy
Skin
Neoplasms
Interviews
Social Participation
Therapeutics
Tokyo
Health Personnel
Japan
Outpatients

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hand-foot skin reaction
  • Hand-foot syndrome
  • Qualitative research
  • Targeted therapy
  • Unmet needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)

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