Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2015 , Vol 6, Issue 4
Evaluation of Treatment Related Toxicities and Treatment Adherence In Syrian Refugees With Cancer
Özlem Nuray Sever1, İbrahim Petekkaya2, Yalçın Çırak3, Yüksel Ürün1
1Gaziantep Dr. Ersin Arslan Devlet Hastanesi, Tıbbi Onkoloji, Gaziantep, Türkiye
2Eskişehir Özel Sakarya Hastanesi, Tıbbi Onkoloji, Eskişehir, Türkiye
3Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Bursa Medical Park Hastanesi, Tıbbi Onkoloji, Bursa , Türkiye
Objectives: To evaluate the demographic characteristics, treatment-related side effects and treatment compliance found among Syrian refugees with cancer and compare this with Turkish citizens.

Patients and Methods: The study was conducted at Gaziantep Dr. Ersin Arslan State Hospital, Medical Oncology outpatient clinic, in January 2015. One-hundred-ninety patients on chemotherapy were included. Face to face interviews wereconducted.

Results: The median age of participants was 51 years-old and of them 60% were male. There were no differences between the two groups in terms of age and gender. The most common complaints were fatigue (65% vs. 64%), insomnia (50% and 55%), pain (61% and 49%) and anorexia (37% and 36%). Toxicity rates were similar between groups. Adherence to treatment was also similar among groups.

Conclusion: Unlike previous studies in the literature, patients’ demographic characteristics, treatment, treatment-related toxicities and treatment compliance were similar between our study groups. Keywords : refugees cancer patients, treatment compliance, adverse events