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Awareness Regarding Adverse effects of Chemotherapy among Parents of Children Attending Oncology Units of AIMS

Publisher : International Journal of Nursing Care

Campus : Kochi

School : College of Nursing, School of Medicine

Department : Child Health Nursing

Year : 2014

Abstract : Introduction: Cancer remains the most frequent medical cause of death among the children.Method: The approach used for the study was quantitative approach using descriptive research design.The study was conducted among 60 parents of children who met with the eligibility criteria following non probability convenience sampling technique.Findings: Regarding the CAE, 4 (6.7%) of the subjects had very poor knowledge, 41(68.3%) had inadequate knowledge and 15 (25%) had adequate knowledge. The highest occurrence of adverse effects was vomiting and the next was alopecia. The other adverse effects reported were fatigue 10(16.7%), diarrhea 6(10%), color change in nails 5(8.3%), fever 3(5%), constipation 2(3.3%) respectively. Regarding awareness of cancer and its treatment 27(45%) had inadequate knowledge.Conclusion: The researchers investigated the awareness of CAE among parents, 41(68%) were not aware about the CAE and its management. Regarding Myths and Facts 25% of the subjects had wrong beliefs and 75% of them aware about the facts regarding CAE

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