Pascaline John David
Nursing Journal of India
The purpose of the study was to assess the side effects of chemotherapy and coping strategies adopted by patients admitted in a selected hospital of Pune city. Explorative approach and descriptive survey design was adopted. A total of 100 subjects were selected by non-probability purposive sampling technique. It was found that side-effects were present in mild to moderate form in all the subjects, while none reported side-effects as severe. Majority of subjects were inadequately coping with side effects of chemotherapy. Distracting themselves by chatting with friends, listening to music or TV was found to be major strategy utilised by majority of subjects to cope with nausea. Personal habits was associated with side effects of chemotherapy. Relation was found between family income and personal habits with coping.