Understanding quality-of-life issues in Chinese women with breast cancer: a qualitative investigation.

Evaon Wong-Kim, Angela Sun, Joseph R. Merighi, Edward A. Chow

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Abstract

Little is known about the cultural beliefs and quality of life (QOL) of US-born and foreign-born Chinese women with breast cancer. We conducted individual semistructured qualitative interviews to explore the meaning of QOL, identify beliefs about cancer, and make comparison between US-born and foreign-born survivors. Women in this study identified the stigma of breast cancer that exists in the Asian community. They also described interpersonal support as central to a good QOL. However, when describing QOL, foreign-born Chinese women referred to wealth more frequently, while US-born Chinese women indicated friendship more frequently. The study findings support the need for culturally appropriate interventions that take into consideration the cancer-related beliefs and QOL of breast cancer survivors in the Chinese community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
JournalCancer control : journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
Volume12 Suppl 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

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