Stress and Coping of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Patients Receiving Concurrent Treatment

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Suppakarn Opasrattanakorn
Mukda Detprapon
Bualuang Sumdaengrit

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The purposes of this descriptive study were to study stress, coping, and the relationship between stress and coping of nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients receiving concurrent treatment according to Lazarus and Folkman’s conceptual framework. The study sample consisted of 51 patients who were diagnosed as nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients receiving concurrent treatment for at least 3 months, but not more than 1 year, at the Outpatient Department, Radiotherapy Division, Rajavithi Hospital. The data were collected from January to April, 2014. The study instruments included a questionnaire and an interview form related to stress and coping. The study results revealed that the stress of the sample was at a high level. The sample employed three coping strategies including problem-focused coping, emotional-focused coping, and palliative-focused coping. The problem-focused coping was mostly used to deal with stress. Considering the relationships among the study variables, there was no relationship between the stress level and the coping strategy. The causes of stress were 1) worry about treatment uncertainty; 2) pain and suffering from treatment side effects; 3) impact on working; 4) treatment expenses, and 5) travelling difficulty. Physical impact was mostly found in nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients receiving concurrent treatment. Consulting about their problems with others was mostly used as coping by nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients receiving concurrent treatment.

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Opasrattanakorn S, Detprapon M, Sumdaengrit B. Stress and Coping of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Patients Receiving Concurrent Treatment. Rama Nurs J [Internet]. 2015 Oct. 26 [cited 2022 Sep. 25];21(2):158-71. Available from: https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/RNJ/article/view/25144
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