Psychosocial Problems of Women with .Breast Cancer: The Case of Tikur Anbessa Hospital

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Addis Ababa Univerisity


The objective of this study is to investigate the psychosocial problems of women with breast cancer at Tikure Anbessa Hospital in Addis Ababa. In this study also an attempt is made to assess the effect of certain factors (independent variables) namely age of the patient, types of treatment and time since diagnosis in exposure to the psychosocial problems. The dependent variables are anxiety, depression, social stigma, qnd lack of social support. To achieve this objective convenient sampling method was employed. Sixty women with breast cancer completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale, Experienced Social Stigma Scale and Medical Outcome Social Support Scale. An in-depth interview and Focus Group Discussion were held with four patents. Descriptivestatistics and analysis of variance were used to analyze data, and a p - value of less than 0.05 was considered statistically significant. The result obtained states that among sixty women with breast cancer, 73% experience anxiety symptom to anxiety disorder, 73% shows depression symptoms to depression disorder, 85% patients experience moderate to severe social stigma and 68% experienced moderate to lack of social support. The Conclusion is women with breast cancer experience anxiety, depression, social stigma and lack of social support.