Factors affecting quality of life in patients experiencing facial disfigurement due to surgery for head and neck cancer

Davidson, Anna and Williams, Julia (2019) Factors affecting quality of life in patients experiencing facial disfigurement due to surgery for head and neck cancer. British Journal of Nursing, 28 (3). pp. 180-184. ISSN 2052-2819

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Abstract

Aim: to explore the factors affecting quality of life in patients who experience facial disfigurement resulting from surgical treatment for head and neck cancer. Background: the number of people diagnosed with head and neck cancers has been rising over the past 30 years. This, combined with the improved survivorship of cancer patients, has led to a need to understand how these patients adapt to the physical, social and emotional toll of cancer and facial disfigurement and how these affect quality of life. Methodology: a systematic search of four nursing and psychological-focused databases was undertaken using pertinent keywords. Findings: following a thematic analysis, four main themes and one subtheme emerged; changes within the self, social support; social reintegration; and help from healthcare professionals, which had the subtheme of information. Conclusion: facial disfigurement has a significant effect on patients’ quality of life. Nurses are ideally placed to identify, inform and support patients and their family and friends

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Keywords: General Nursing
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Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 11:16
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 06:55
URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17681

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