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The art of living with symptoms : A qualitative study among patients with primary brain tumors receiving proton beam therapy

Langegård, Ulrica ; Ahlberg, Karin ; Björk-Eriksson, Thomas ; Fransson, Per ; Johansson, Birgitta ; Ohlsson-Nevo, Emma ; Witt-Nyström, Petra and Sjövall, Katarina LU (2020) In Cancer Nursing 43(2). p.79-86
Abstract

Background: Symptom management in conjunction with proton beam therapy (PBT) from patient's perspective has not been explored. Such knowledge is essential to optimize the care in this relatively new treatment modality. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the process of symptom management in patients with brain tumor receiving PBT. Methods: Participants were 22 patients with primary brain tumor who received PBT, recruited in collaboration with a national center for proton therapy and 2 oncology clinics at 2 university hospitals in Sweden. Interviews using open-ended questions were conducted before, during, and/or after treatment. Verbatim interview transcripts were analyzed using classic Grounded Theory. Results: “The art of... (More)

Background: Symptom management in conjunction with proton beam therapy (PBT) from patient's perspective has not been explored. Such knowledge is essential to optimize the care in this relatively new treatment modality. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the process of symptom management in patients with brain tumor receiving PBT. Methods: Participants were 22 patients with primary brain tumor who received PBT, recruited in collaboration with a national center for proton therapy and 2 oncology clinics at 2 university hospitals in Sweden. Interviews using open-ended questions were conducted before, during, and/or after treatment. Verbatim interview transcripts were analyzed using classic Grounded Theory. Results: “The art of living with symptoms” emerged as the core concept. This encompassed 3 interconnected symptom management concepts: “Adapting to limited ability,” “Learning about oneself,” and “Creating new routines.” These concepts were summarized in a substantive theoretical model of symptom management. Despite the struggle to manage symptoms, participants lived a satisfactory life. Conclusions: Symptom management in conjunction with PBT comprises a process of action, thoughts, and emotions. The concepts that emerged indicated patients' symptom.

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Brain tumor, Proton beam therapy, Qualitative study, Symptom experience, Symptom management
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Cancer Nursing
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43
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2
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79 - 86
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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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  • scopus:85067957951
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0162-220X
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10.1097/NCC.0000000000000692
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English
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  author       = {{Langegård, Ulrica and Ahlberg, Karin and Björk-Eriksson, Thomas and Fransson, Per and Johansson, Birgitta and Ohlsson-Nevo, Emma and Witt-Nyström, Petra and Sjövall, Katarina}},
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  publisher    = {{Lippincott Williams & Wilkins}},
  series       = {{Cancer Nursing}},
  title        = {{The art of living with symptoms : A qualitative study among patients with primary brain tumors receiving proton beam therapy}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0000000000000692}},
  doi          = {{10.1097/NCC.0000000000000692}},
  volume       = {{43}},
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