Jacobs Journal of Cancer Science and Research

Quality of Life of Family Caregiver of Patients with Cancer Mehad

Mehad Mohamed Ahmed Araki
Department Of Oncology, Tawam Hospital, United Arab Emirates

Published on: 2019-04-27

Abstract

The purpose of conducting this study is to assess the quality of life experienced by families of patients with Cancer, explore factors that influence family caregivers’ quality of life, and determine which family caregivers are most at risk of having reduced quality of life.

Keywords

Family Caregiver; Quality of life; Cancer

Introduction

Cancer is a major health problem of the world, and the diagnosis of cancer has a great impact on both patients and their family caregiver. In the year 2000, cancer was responsible for 56 million (12%) death worldwide. According to the World Cancer Report, by the year of 2020, cancer diagnosis rate could increase by 50% to reach 15 million new cases in that year [2]. Cancer diagnosis in most of the time is sudden and requires active involvement by both patients and their family members. Treatment of cancer would require family members to assume the responsibility for providing care and support needed by the patients. Complex cancer treatment regimen necessitates active involvement of family members in the plan of care. This type of care is complex in nature and family members are often lack the skill, knowledge, and uncertain about their new roles and what type of care to provide for their loved ones. Family caregivers are involved in the entire cancer journey, starting from the time of diagnosis, treatment phase, recurrence, progression, palliative care, and ends with end of life care. Family caregivers of patients with cancer unconsciously tend to ne neglect their own quality of life by putting the patient’s needs first. They report various problems from their care giving role that include physical health problems, psychological distress, conflict among their social roles, restriction of activities, and strain in marital and family relationship. These negative experiences would negatively impact on the general well-beixng and the quality of life of those caregivers.