Cancer Survivors in Saint Lucia Deeply Value Social Support: Considerations for Cancer Control in Under-Resourced Communities

dc.contributor.authorAuguste, Aviane
dc.contributor.authorCox, Shania
dc.contributor.authorOliver, JoAnn S.
dc.contributor.authorPhillip, Dorothy
dc.contributor.authorGabriel, Owen
dc.contributor.authorSt Catherine, James
dc.contributor.authorRadix, Carlene
dc.contributor.authorLuce, Daniele
dc.contributor.authorBarul, Christine
dc.contributor.otherInstitut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (Inserm)
dc.contributor.otherEcole des Hautes Etudes en Sante Publique (EHESP)
dc.contributor.otherUniversite des Antilles
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2023-09-28T19:35:44Z
dc.date.available2023-09-28T19:35:44Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.description.abstractUnderstanding the views of cancer survivors on their experience is important for informing community-based interventions. We studied, for the first time, the views of cancer survivors residing in Saint Lucia on their overall care experience. We used interview data from a cohort of adult cancer survivors from Saint Lucia between 2019 and 2020. We performed a thematic analysis to derive themes from codes. Forty-four survivors provided responses to at least one of the three questions. The majority of survivors were black, female and diagnosed with breast cancer. Survivors were interviewed on average five years after diagnosis. Four common themes emerged; "Availability of support groups", "Importance of support from family and friends", "Access to finances" and "Health education and patient navigation". Travel overseas for health services was common among survivors. Survivors expressed emotional distress during travel due to isolation from family and local providers. This is typical among island populations and is distinct from existing patient frameworks. Survivors also suggested that networking amongst providers and interventions assisted families of cancer survivors. Although tertiary care services are limited, we showed that survivors deeply value and depend on their inter-personal relationships during care. Interventions aimed at strengthening the inter-personal environment of survivors are warranted.en_US
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dc.identifier.citationAuguste, A., Cox, S., Oliver, J. S., Phillip, D., Gabriel, O., Catherine, J., Radix, C., Luce, D., & Barul, C. (2022). Cancer Survivors in Saint Lucia Deeply Value Social Support: Considerations for Cancer Control in Under-Resourced Communities. In International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Vol. 19, Issue 11, p. 6531). MDPI AG. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19116531
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/ijerph19116531
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2536-3716
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/11518
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.rights.licenseAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectcancer
dc.subjectcommunity health
dc.subjecthealth disparities
dc.subjectsocial support
dc.subjectsmall island developing state
dc.subjectlow and middle-income countries
dc.subjectCaribbean
dc.subjectSaint Lucia
dc.subjectBREAST-CANCER
dc.subjectEXPERIENCES
dc.subjectDISPARITIES
dc.subjectQUALITY
dc.subjectLESSONS
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subjectPublic, Environmental & Occupational Health
dc.titleCancer Survivors in Saint Lucia Deeply Value Social Support: Considerations for Cancer Control in Under-Resourced Communitiesen_US
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