Breast Cancer Patients' Experience of Current Health Services as A Holistic Care: A Qualitative Study

Yelmi Reni Putri, Yati Afiyanti, Sri Dewi, Atun Raudotul Ma'rifah

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Introduction: Breast cancer is now one of the leading causes of death and morbidity worldwide, including in Indonesia. Every health care professional and community member should pay close attention to these issues. Women diagnosed with breast cancer will experience physical, psychological, and social issues. Methods: This study looked into breast cancer patients' experiences with holistic nursing care. The complexity of the difficulties confronting breast cancer patients will influence their experiences and perceptions, necessitating a holistic approach to nursing services. A qualitative exploratory, descriptive method was adopted in the investigation. During data collection, fifteen participants were recruited and interviewed. Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was utilized to collect data. Result: The study's findings provide five significant themes: (1) knowledge and understanding of breast cancer; (2) experiences felt at the beginning of breast cancer complaints; (3) non-health breast cancer treatment; (4) perception of nursing services received by breast cancer patients; (5) facts and holistic needs during and beyond treatment; and (6) patients' expectations of nursing services to help their needs. Conclusion: The findings provide information on how breast cancer patients understand the examination procedure, accept a diagnosis, and proceed to treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-135
Number of pages9
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023


  • Breast Cancer
  • Experience
  • Health Services
  • Holistic Care


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