Amornrat Ratanasiri1*, Bangonsri Jindawong1, Prasit Pengsaa2, Vanchai Vatanasapt2, Chalongpon Santong2, Arisara Poosari3, Thitima Nutravong3, Thanawan Sirisuk4

Cancer is a major health problem all over the world. In Thailand, most women face psycho-social and economic problems, self-stigmatization, and sexual relationships from this gynecologic cancer. Coping mechanisms and special care are needed for those patients in northeast Thailand. The objective of this study was to synthesize knowledge about the illness experiences, coping mechanisms, and special care for these patients since 1985. The review covers the studies produced at Khon Kaen University that were reviewed, synthesized, and analyzed. The results presented that those patients have an impact, not only suffering from these three illnesses but also the feeling of stigmatization. Caregivers, family, community participation, health volunteers, and attending physicians should understand, with kind support to help these gynecologic cancer patients to have a better quality of life.

Keywords: Caring for women, gynecologic cancer, northeast, Thailand

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