Poster Presentation COSA-IPOS Joint Scientific Meeting 2012

Voice of suffering among patients with terminal cancer: Case studies from Thailand (#629)

Kittikorn Nilmanat 1 , Pachariya Chailungka 1 , Temsak Phungrassami 2 , Chantra Promnoi 1 , Kandawasri Tulathamkit 2 , Prachuap Noo-urai 2 , Sasiwimon Phattaranavig 2
  1. Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla university, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand
  2. Radiation Therapy Division, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla, THAILAND
Suffering is a common phenomenon experienced by patients with cancer, particularly advanced cancer. This qualitative study aims to describe the experiences of patients with terminal advanced cancer. Series interviews and participant observation were conducted on 15 patients with terminal advanced cancer.  Thematic analysis was applied. The findings reveal that living with suffering was the dominant theme. The causes of suffering include physical symptom distress, feeling of alienation, sense of worthlessness, sense of burden to others and desire for hastened death. The study also highlights the importance of psycho-spiritual interventions to alleviate suffering among the dying patients with advanced cancer.