chances of survival, as well as understanding that cancer is a terminal illness that causes
suffering to the patient.
It is also critical to carry out more studies on the topic so as to establish both the positive
and negative emotional impacts of caring for a person with cancer on the caregiver. Some of the
emotional impacts on the caregivers include positive feelings such as companionship,
togetherness, resilience and increased awareness on cancer, as well as spiritual and personal
growth. These are some of the impacts on the professionals that need to be studied so as to
establish ways of assisting them to overcome any negative impacts that could arise from this
cause. However, such studies could be used promote care for cancer patients by asserting that it
is also a source of satisfaction that arises from helping others.
The choice of the research topic was also excellent because there is a need to study some
of the negative emotional impacts that result from taking care of people living with cancer. Most
professionals in the health care sector complain of strain, stress, and psychological illnesses such
as clinical depression that comes from dealing with individuals with cancer. However, these
impacts have been ignored, leaving workers in the sector to continue suffering. As such, this
research topic helped in bridging the gap that exists in the current research studies in the
literature review. Other emotional impacts on professionals include depression, distress, anxiety,
and exhaustion because of the duties that are involved in screening cancer patients, as well as
taking care of them.
Design, Methodology, and Approach
This research study was the third phase of a larger study that was in progress. As such, the study
employed the use of interviews that were semi-structured in nature. The sample size consisted of
19 individuals from various professional groups. They volunteered to respond to the interview