Learning Objective 1: Will be able to deal with diverse culture pertaining to cervical cancer related issues
Learning Objective 2: Will be able to advocate for cancer support especially especially that limited research has been done around this particular are in sub-sahara
Methods: The study was qualitative, exploratory and contextual
Results: Four themes emerged from the data: lack of knowledge of cervical cancer, cultural issues, support received and sexual issues.Women lacked knowledge of cervical cancer and its treatment leading to fear of being hospitalised and dying in hospital. Some were subjected to paternalism taken to traditional healers. Life partner support varied as some participants received partial support whilst others were abandoned. Sexual behaviour changed due to disease and treatment
Women diagnosed with cervical cancer received partial support from their partners and some were even abandoned. Various factors added to this situation. Women lacked knowledge and awareness of cervical cancer and its treatment and the bad news were broken in the absence of their partners. Women had to convey the message of their disease and treatment to their partners and received treatment in isolation with support provided via cell phones. It is not clear how women would like to be supported and whether they were satisfied with support they received and should be explored to enable the design of a support intervention.