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A study of assessment of sexual functioning of patients with colorectal cancers and their spouses at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

16th International Conference on Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care
April 15-16, 2019 | Frankfurt, Germany

Surekha Stephen Dongerdive

Tata Memorial Hospital, India

Scientific Tracks Abstracts : J Med Oncl Ther


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a formidable health problem worldwide. It is the third most common cancer in men (663000 cases, 10.0% of all cancer cases) and the second most common in women (571000 cases, 9.4% of all cancer cases). Almost 60% of cases are encountered in developed countries. The number of CRC-related deaths is estimated to be approximately 608000 worldwide, accounting for 8% of all cancer deaths and making CRC the fourth most common cause of death due to cancer. In India, the annual incidence rates (AARs) for rectal cancer in men are 4.1 per 100000, respectively. The AAR for colon cancer in women is 3.9 per 100000. Colon cancer ranks 8th and rectal cancer ranks 9th among men. For women, rectal cancer does not figure in the top 10 cancers, whereas colon cancer ranks 9th. While the incidence rates of CRC is much lower in India, the survival rates for CRC are disproportionately lower. A stoma operation causes profound changes in a patient’s life because of the resulting physical damage, disfigurement, loss of bodily function, impaired or lack of interest in sexual function/activity. It can change the person’s social life and make them feel different because they do not display the characteristics and attributes that society deems normal, due to their changed body. It may even lead social isolation and may find it difficult to understand the implications of a stoma. The nurse, as a member of the multiprofessional team, has an important role in the process of counseling to the person with a stoma, as she has competence and assistential tools, such as Systematized Nursing Care, for detecting all the difficulties in adaptation that these clients may face in their condition of having stomas, as well as outlining together actions aimed at minimizing and overcoming such difficulties.


Surekha Stephen Dongerdive has completed her msc Nursing in Oncology from Tata Memorial Hospital & Research Centre, India in the year 2018 and her Post Basic bsc Nursing, from Fortis Institute of Nursing, India in the year 2015. She completed the Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery from the College of Nursing, Government Hospital, India in the year 1996. She worked as an Oncology Nurse in Tata Memorial Hospital, India and as a senior Oncology nurse in Royal Hospital, Oman. She also worked as an Oncology Coordinator and Bone Marrow Transplant Manager in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani, India and worked for Cancer patient support group and as a Zonal Transplant Committee member. She is a life member of Oncology Nurses Association of India and Trained Nurses Association of India. 


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