College of Nursing - Cebu Normal University
Medical - Surgical Nursing
Cancer is a progressive chronic illness that sets a person in a life-changing battle. Chemotherapy, as the most common line of treatment, pushes a cancer patient in a variety of struggles physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and these extend up to years after completing the therapy.
This study collated the lived experiences of seven (7) participants, 18 years old and above, residing in Cebu who have been diagnosed with varying cancer, may be in remission or relapse, and have completed chemotherapy. Utilizing a researcher-made interview guide, the participants were interviewed with their utmost comfort and with strict consideration to their ethical rights. The data gathered were defined and drawn from its absolute meaning and were analyzed using the Colaizzi strategy.
From this point, four themes emerged focusing on (1) Acknowledging Vulnerability, (2) Self-Remodeling, (3) Sense of Survivorship, and (4) Transcending Cancer that embody the exhaustive description of living with cancer after completing chemotherapy. The circumstance implied dynamism of ups and downs in the life of a cancer patient after chemotherapy. It also signified human as an open system as he performed constant interaction with other people and the environment. Moreover, cancer was considered a torment for people inflicted by the illness. Chemotherapy experience was distinct from the diagnosis; however, this inquiry made a unifying context of the diagnosis and corresponding treatment tailoring lived experience into a unique phenomenon.
Therefore, living with cancer after completing chemotherapy provided the ideal of acknowledging one's vulnerability to life crisis as he remodeled himself according to the demands of change and realize numerous opportunities ahead. Ending the treatment gave the sense of survivorship which in turn enabled to transcend beyond human boundaries.
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