Purpose: The objective of this qualitative study was to understand the perceived needs of advanced-stage cancer patients with chemotherapy-related hand-foot syndrome (HFS) and/or targeted therapy-related hand-foot skin reaction (HFSR). Method: Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 20 outpatients with advanced/recurrent cancer and chemotherapy-related HFS and/or targeted therapy-related HFSR using a semi-structured interview guide at Keio University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. Results: The unmet needs of cancer patients with chemotherapy-related HFS and/or targeted therapy-related HFSR was identified through four themes: a sense of helplessness with persistent symptoms, noticeable appearance as a barrier to social participation, decreased willingness to work and continue treatment, and need of individual coping strategies. Conclusion: This study revealed unmet needs of cancer patients with chemotherapy-related HFS and/or targeted therapy-related HFSR that are not often voiced. Health care providers should provide full information in advance and find the best coping strategy for individual patients.
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