Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 13, Issue 8, pp 658–662 | Cite as

Views of patients with gynecologic cancer about the end of life

Short Communication


This study was designed as a descriptive work assessing the reactions of gynecologic cancer patients to poor prognosis, determining their desires for the location of terminal care, and their preferences about life-sustaining technology. The study was carried out between 2002 and 2003 in a gynecologic oncology clinic of a university hospital located in Istanbul. Data were collected through interviews with 68 patients with gynecologic cancers. Collected data were analyzed through content analysis. It was found that survival is utterly important for the patients and that they wish to stay at hospitals as inpatients and receive life-sustaining treatments during the end-stage disease.


Death End-of-life decisions Ethical dilemmas Gynecologic cancer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nezihe Kizilkaya Beji
    • 1
  • Nesrin Reis
    • 2
  • Beyhan Bag
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Obstetric and Gynecologic Nursing, Florence Nightingale College of NursingIstanbul UniversitySisli, IstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Obstetric and Gynecologic Nursing, College of NursingAtatürk UniversityErzurumTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry Nursing, College of NursingAtatürk UniversityErzurumTurkey

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