Experience of Cancer Patients and Caregivers

28th February 2023

Acumen's Healthcare team recently conducted a study on behalf of a cancer charity aiming to understand the experiences of cancer patients and their loved ones. The study had a total of 56 participants including 20 cancer patients undergoing treatment or in remission, and 36 loved ones who provided care for those in treatment, those in remission or those who had lost a loved one to cancer. The study was challenging due to the sensitive nature of the subject, but the feedback from the participants revealed a positive experience for all involved.

The study was conducted with the aim of providing insight into the experiences of cancer patients and their loved ones. The participants included individuals from various ethnic backgrounds with a focus on Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani backgrounds.

Despite the sensitive nature of the study, a large majority of the participants found it to be a positive experience. They expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to take part and thanked the team for their understanding, professionalism, compassion and attentiveness. Many participants even went as far as to leave feedback for the moderators, describing the study as an interesting and cathartic experience, as well as an honour to take part in.

The study showed that cancer patients and their loved ones face significant challenges including physical, emotional and psychological struggles. The participants revealed that they found it helpful to share their experiences with others who could empathise and understand their situation. For many participants, the study provided a platform to express their emotions and concerns, which they may not have had the opportunity to do before.

The study also revealed that healthcare professionals could benefit from more training and support in dealing with cancer patients and their loved ones. The participants highlighted the importance of healthcare professionals being compassionate, understanding and attentive to the needs of their patients and their families. It is evident that healthcare professionals play a crucial role in the care and treatment of cancer patients and their actions can significantly impact the patient's experience and overall well-being.

In conclusion, this study conducted by Acumen Healthcare was a success. The participants found it to be a positive and cathartic experience and the study provided valuable insights into the challenges faced by cancer patients and their loved ones, highlighting the importance of compassionate and attentive care from healthcare professionals. The Acumen Healthcare team's commitment to conducting studies that provide valuable insights into healthcare and patient experiences is commendable, and their efforts should be applauded.

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