Living with Cancer: The Experiences of Chinese Canadian Cancer Survivors

  •  Tsorng-Yeh Lee    
  •  F. Beryl Pilkington    
  •  Grace Ho    


The purpose of this study was to understand the experience, informational and psychosocial needs of Chinese immigrants in Canada who are survivors of breast cancer through individual interviews. A phenomenological approach was used. Eleven Mandarin-speaking Chinese were recruited and interviewed in Toronto, Canada. The interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed using Colaizzi’s methodology. Seven themes emerged: a) miscommunication between healthcare professionals and participants, b) dissatisfaction with medical professionals, c) lack of cancer related information, d) financial hardship related to cancer medications and living expense, e) emotional changes related to the diagnosis of cancer, f) the dramatic change in lifestyle, and g) the comprehensive support from spouse, family and friends. The result of the study can enhance healthcare providers’ understanding of the experience of Chinese Canadian breast cancer survivors and their informational and psychosocial needs. Appropriate intervention strategies in caring cancer patients should be developed.

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