Health Promotion Program among Breast Cancer Clients Receiving Chemotherapy in South Governorates in Gaza

Abdulrahman Rashad Alhamss, Soheir Ali Badr El-Dien, Inass Helmy Elshaer


Worldwide breast cancer was the second most common cancer when men and women were analyzed together. It is estimates there were 1.5 million new cancer cases in the United States in 2010 and 569,490 deaths. In Palestine the top cancer incidence among women is cancer breast.The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of health promotion program among breast cancer clients during their chemotherapy in south governorates of Gaza Strip. Aquai-experimental design (pre-test/post-test)was used in this study; The study sample was 50 subjects were selected randomly from European Gaza Hospitals oncology outpatient clinic. Tools and data collection:  1-Structured interviewing questionnaire was used to collect data on socio-demographic characteristics, 2-(pre-test post-tool) based on Pender,s model which related to knowledge and practice, life style, physical activities, psychological and social role performance. The educational program was delivered Individual health promotion program comprised two teaching interviews with five sessions, scheduled over two weeks of clients visit. Results revealed that there was statistical significant difference between pre and post test in health promotion program in most variables related to clients knowledge about breast cancer and it’s treatment side effect, benefits of nutrition and exercise during chemotherapy course, either the result illustrate significant improvement in physical , psychological and social role performance  and practice after the health promotion program. The study results concluded and recommended that:- The health promotion program for breast cancer clients under chemotherapy had improve the knowledge and practice concerning the side effects, and management of breast cancer  as physical, psychological activities ,life style, and social role performance .Establish special oncology nursing courses for all nurses whom working with cancer clients to increase their knowledge and practice in how to deal and care of cancer client who under chemotherapy treatment.

.Keywords: health promotion program, breast cancer, chemotherapy side effects,. south governorates in Gaza.

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