A descriptive study to assess the level of knowledge on management of childhood cancer among caregivers
Sheeba Rajakumari S and Nirosha
Cancer is the disease that results when cellular changes cause the uncontrolled growth and division of cells. Some types of cancer cause rapid cell growth, while others cause cells to grow and divide at a slower rate. These cells can invade and damage nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another is called metastasis. Cancer occurs in people of all ages and can affect any part of the body. It begins with genetic change in single cells that then grow into a mass (or tumour), invades other parts of the body and causes harm and death if left untreated. The present study aimed to assess the level of knowledge on management of childhood cancer among caregiver. A quantitative approach with descriptive research design was adopted for the present study. 30 caregivers were selected by using purposive sampling technique. A Self-structured questionnaire method was used to collect both the demographic data and the level of knowledge on management of childhood cancer among 30 study participants, The present result showed that 16(53.3%) of the caregiver had inadequate knowledge, 9(30%) of them had moderately adequate knowledge and 5(16.7%) of them had adequate knowledge on management of child hood cancers. Hence the findings of present study concluded that, caregiver had inadequate knowledge on management of childhood cancer.