Profile of Caregivers Caring for Patients with Cancer Undergoing Oral Chemotherapy

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Ni Ketut Kardiyudiani Elizabeth C Baua

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Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. Oral chemotherapy is used by cancer patients at home; this requires the role of the family as caregivers in their treatment; this is important considering the complexity of oral chemotherapy drugs with protocols and drug effects. This research contributed to obtaining a profile picture of caregivers of cancer patients. The method used in this research is descriptive quantitative. This research was conducted at a hospital in Yogyakarta. The number of samples in qualitative research was 49. The results of this study were that most caregivers were aged 45-54 years (32.65%), and the majority were female (65.31%). The majority of caregivers are also married (56.10%). Most caregivers hold bachelor's degrees (34.69%), and most caregivers have a husband and wife-relationship with the patients they care for (38.78%). In general, caregivers have many years of experience in treating cancer patients, namely one year or less (38.78%). The most common type of cancer among patients receiving treatment is breast cancer (49.94%). Conclusion: This profile data can be used as a basis for further research regarding patient care at home by the family as caregivers, especially in patients receiving oral chemotherapy treatment.

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KARDIYUDIANI, Ni Ketut; BAUA, Elizabeth C. Profile of Caregivers Caring for Patients with Cancer Undergoing Oral Chemotherapy. Jurnal Keperawatan Respati Yogyakarta, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 1, p. 12-15, apr. 2024. ISSN 2541-2728. Available at: <https://nursingjurnal.respati.ac.id/index.php/JKRY/article/view/766>. Date accessed: 17 apr. 2024. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.35842/jkry.v11i1.766.
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