Service improving the subjective happiness in Cancer Patient receiving Radiation Therapy

방사선 치료 중인 암환자의 주관적 행복감 향상을 위한 탐색적 연구

Song, Mi Soon;Kim, Hyun Li

  • Received : 2015.11.20
  • Accepted : 2016.04.04
  • Published : 2016.04.30


This study is to find a service that improves the subjective happiness of cancer patients that receive radiation therapy. One hundred and one cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy were enrolled in the survey to verify the self-consciousness and symptom distress that could affect the subjective happiness. Independent t-test, one-way analysis of variance, and Pearson correlation were conducted with the SPSS 20.0 program. Symptom distress of cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy showed highest in the order of fatigue, appearance changes, dizziness, loss of appetite, and sleep disorders. And lower symptom distress, higher private self-consciousness were significantly correlated with higher subjective happiness among patients receiving radiation therapy for cancer. Study findings reflect the necessity of an integrative approach combining physical, psychological and emotional interventions during a radiotherapy period. For this cause, it would be necessary to supplement previously existing service programs and organize a patient-friendly system that could affiliate regional cancer centers or Public health centers with the hospitals in which the patients are being treated.


Radiation Therapy;symptom distress;self-consciousness;subjective happiness;service


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