Social Support and Quality of Life in Cancer Patients: A Study of Palliative Shelters in West Java
1Laili Rahayuwati, Tuti Pahria, Kusman Ibrahim, Ikeu Nurhidayah, Habsyah Saparidah Agustina
The risk of lifestyle and environment will lead to an increase in cancer prevalence. Therefore, it needs managing support for palliative cancer patients. The purpose of the study was to obtain the correlation between social support characteristics and cancer patients’ quality of life. This research using a cross-sectional approach was conducted in several palliative shelters. Samples were 93 respondents, obtained using a quota sampling technique. The variables used were social support (family, friends, and others) and the cancer patient's quality of life. The results showed that social support received at a high level was most obtained from the family as many as 65 respondents (69.9%). Furthermore, the social support factor of cancer patients related to the quality of life was friends' support (p-value <0.05), while other factors were considered irrelevant. The collecting data technique was used due to the dynamics of patients seeking treatment at the West Java provincial referral hospital. In conclusion, the friend's support is significant for improving the quality of life of cancer patients. Peer groups are an essential component in managing health care in the community.
Cancer Patients, Palliative Shelters, Quality of Life, Social Support