Cancer is prevalent in the rapidly growing Chinese American community, yet little is known about the symptom experience to guide comprehensive treatment planning. This study evaluated symptom prevalence and patient subgroups with symptom distress in a large sample of Chinese American cancer patients. Patients were consecutively recruited from 4 oncology practices, and they completed a translated cancer symptom scale. Latent class cluster analysis was used to identify subgroups of patients with distinct symptom distress profiles.Symptom prevalence is high in community-dwelling Chinese American cancer patients, and nearly half experience severe distress (rated as “quite a bit” or “very much” distressing) from physical symptoms, psychological symptoms, or both. These data have important implications for the development of effective symptom control interventions.
Variation in symptom distress in underserved Chinese American cancer patients (2015)