Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2019 , Vol 10, Issue 3
Port Catheter Applications: a Qualitative Study On Experiences of Patients With Cancer
Yasemin Uslu1,Nermin Olgun2,Hasan Karanlık3,İnci User3
1Acıbadem Mehmet Ali Aydınlar Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye
2Hasan Kalyoncu Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Gaziantep, Türkiye
3İstanbul Üniversitesi Onkoloji Enstitüsü, Cerrahi Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye
4Acıbadem Mehmet Ali Aydınlar Üniversitesi, Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi, Sosyoloji Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2019.180 Objective: The aim of this study is to identify cancer patients" experiences related to port catheters.

Methods: This study was done with 16 patients, who applied to the oncology clinic for treatment, by using in-depth interview technique. The study group consists of colon cancer and breast cancer patients having port catheters for at least six months. The themes of the study are comprised of four open-ended questions, which aimed to comprehend the patients" port experiences in a multidimensional way. These questions are based on (1) story of the port, (2) social life and physical adaptation, (3) sexual life and body image, and (4) treatment process and dynamic recommendations related to living with the port.

Results: The important findings obtained from the study are twofold. First, the port catheter has disadvantages, such as influencing patients" sexual lives and body images, and leading to social isolation through(by) creating anxiety and fear. Second, the port catheter has also advantages, such as providing convenience to patients during the treatment, and giving comfort to them during the treatment by making them free.

Conclusions: One of the important principles related to port catheter that it provides a reliable care to the patients. In this direction, in addition to the fundamental principles related to the maintenance of the care needed by the cancer patients with port, knowing the psychosocial aspect of the port and patient experiences is very important to increase the quality of the care given. Keywords : port catheter, vascular access, body image, cancer, qualitative study