Psychosocial impact of breast cancer diagnosis among omani women

Mohammed Al-Azri, Huda Al-Awisi, Samira Al-Rasbi, Kawther El-Shafie, Mustafa Al-Hinai, Hamdan Al-Habsi, Mansour Al-Moundhri

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OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to explore different psychosocial impacts on Omani women diagnosed with breast cancer.

METHODS: Semi-structured individual interviews were conducted with 19 Omani women diagnosed with breast cancer to describe the impact of the disease on their personal and social life. Women were recruited from wards and out-patient clinics at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat.

RESULTS: Four main themes emerged. These were: a) factors related to psychological distress of the disease and uncertainty (worry of death, interference with work and family responsibilities, searching for hope/cure, travelling overseas); b) reactions of family members (shocked, saddened, unity, pressure to seek traditional treatments); c) views of society (sympathy, isolation, reluctant to disclose information); and d) worries and threats about the future (side effects of chemotherapy, spread of the disease, effect on offspring).

CONCLUSION: Breast cancer diagnosis has several devastating psychosocial impacts on women in Oman. Healthcare professionals working with women with breast cancer should be aware of the different psychosocial impacts of the disease on women's lives. Appropriate measures must be taken by the decision makers whenever needed, including enforcing positive views and support of Oman's society towards women with breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-444
Number of pages8
JournalOman Medical Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • Breast cancer
  • Diagnosis
  • Oman
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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