- •Treatment and disease information desired throughout the treatment pathway.
- •Patient needs may include support to engage in regular activities.
- •Patient and caregiver needs vary and may change across the treatment pathway.
- •Nurse specialists are a significant source of support and information.
Concurrent chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment (CCRT) is used to treat locally advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) in patients with suitable fitness. CCRT is associated with significant toxicity and time spent receiving treatment. Our aim was to identify the support and information needs of patients, and where possible their informal caregivers (IC), at key points along the CCRT pathway.
Participants were NSCLC patients who were either about to undergo, currently receiving or had finished CCRT. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants, and their IC where applicable, at the treatment centre or participants’ home. Interviews were audio recorded and transcribed prior to undergoing thematic analysis.
Fifteen patients were interviewed; five were interviewed with their IC. Themes of physical, psychological, and practical support needs are identified with associated subthemes exploring specific needs, such as dealing with late treatment effects, and how patients seek support. Information needs prior to, during and following CCRT were also established as predominant themes with subthemes detailing the needs at these time points. Examples include differences in participant desire for toxicity information and life after treatment.
The need for disease, treatment and symptom related information and support remains consistent throughout CCRT and beyond. Further information and support for other matters including engaging in regular activities may also be desired. Time allocated within consultations to establish changes in needs or desire for further information may benefit patient and IC experience and QOL.
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