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A qualitative study of the experiences during radiotherapy of Swedish patients suffering from lung cancer.

Ekfors, Helene LU and Petersson, Kerstin LU (2004) In Oncology Nursing Forum 31(2). p.329-334
Abstract
Purpose/Objectives: To describe experiences during radiotherapy of patients suffering from lung cancer. Design: Inductive, qualitative. Setting: A radiotherapy department in the south of Sweden. Sample: 15 patients with lung cancer undergoing their second week of radiotherapy. Methodologic Approach: Interviews were conducted in a hospital setting, transcribed, and content analyzed. Main Research Variables: Experiences during radiotherapy. Findings: The patients' experiences fall into four categories: fatigue, physical distress, managing disease- and treatment-related issues, and obstacles to managing. Fatigue was a major experience expressed in terms of low energy levels and low fitness, sometimes leading to social isolation. Conclusions:... (More)
Purpose/Objectives: To describe experiences during radiotherapy of patients suffering from lung cancer. Design: Inductive, qualitative. Setting: A radiotherapy department in the south of Sweden. Sample: 15 patients with lung cancer undergoing their second week of radiotherapy. Methodologic Approach: Interviews were conducted in a hospital setting, transcribed, and content analyzed. Main Research Variables: Experiences during radiotherapy. Findings: The patients' experiences fall into four categories: fatigue, physical distress, managing disease- and treatment-related issues, and obstacles to managing. Fatigue was a major experience expressed in terms of low energy levels and low fitness, sometimes leading to social isolation. Conclusions: Nurses need to implement interventions to minimize side effects of radiotherapy and maximize patients' abilities to manage the disease and the treatment. Interpretation: Informing and educating patients about pretreatment and assessing fatigue as well as implementing interventions (e.g., nurse-patient interaction, support, information, encouragement, focus on the patients' own resources) may lead to improved comprehensive care during radiation therapy. (Less)
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  author       = {Ekfors, Helene and Petersson, Kerstin},
  issn         = {0190-535X},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {329--334},
  publisher    = {Oncology Nursing Society},
  series       = {Oncology Nursing Forum},
  title        = {A qualitative study of the experiences during radiotherapy of Swedish patients suffering from lung cancer.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1188/04.ONF.329-334},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2004},
}