Cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian-Americans. Despite high rates of cancer among this population, this population receives lower amounts of cancer screening. It is essential to consider and understand cultural differences when looking at Asian American cancer survivorship as these factors may affect the quality-of-care survivors receive.
This study aims to better understand how cultural aspects affect cancer survivorship among the Asian American community.
During both in-person and Zoom interviews with participants who self-identify as Asian American and have been diagnosed with cancer, participants were asked a serious of questions related to their cultural identity, heritage, family life, cancer diagnosis, and survivorship. After conducting interviews with participants, the interviews were analyzed and similarities between participants thoughts and experiences were grouped into themes.
Separating the quotes by analyzing themes and experiences of the participants showed that Asian American Cancer survivors face challenges related to their identity and survivorship. Analyzing the commonalities reveled that Asian American Cancer survivors feel they face unique challenges such as language barriers and cultural stigmas related to the disease, but also that they feel these issues are not solely due to their cultural identity.
These challenges include language barriers during treatment and negative cultural and social beliefs about cancer diagnoses and how to manage them. Although these challenges were attributed to their cultural identity the participates felt that these challenges were not limited to the Asian American community.