International Journal of Hematology and Oncology 2018, Vol 28, Num 3 Page(s): 087-093
Changes in Anxiety Levels Patients with Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy

Ahmet ALACACIOĞLU1, Tuğba YAVUZŞEN1, Meliha DİRİÖZ2, Leyla YEŞİL2, Dudu BAYRI2, Uğur YILMAZ1

1Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıbbi Onkoloji Bilim Dalı, İZMİR
2Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Hastanesi, İZMİR

Keywords: Cancer, Chemotherapy, Anxiety levels
Anxiety levels were measured in order to assess the effect of watching movies during the chemotherapy administration.

The cancer patients are assigned alternately to either the control or experimental group. The control group was received standard care and experimental group was watched movie approximately 1 to 2 hours during the administration of the chemotherapy.

Sixty eight cancer patients so far have participated. Thirty four were males. The mean age was 49 years. Thirty eight patients were in the experimental group, 30 patients were in the controls. There was reduction of state anxiety scores in both groups, but difference between groups and changes in anxiety scores was not statistically significant. Gender differences in experimental group (p=0.02) and all groups (p=0.01) were found significant mean difference STAI scores.

Anxiety is common in cancer patients. In this study showed that anxiety scores in men were not statistical significant differences before and after CT between groups. However there was significant reduction of state anxiety scores in women by watching movie. Intervention therapies during CT for symptom control may influence the psychological factors associated with treatment in cancer patients.