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Reflecting a crisis reaction : Narratives from patients with oesophageal cancer about the first 6 months after diagnosis and surgery

Hellstadius, Ylva; Malmström, Marlene LU ; Lagergren, Pernilla; Sundbom, Magnus and Wikman, Anna (2019) In Nursing Open
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Aim: The aim of the study was to describe patients' experiences of emotional adaption following treatment for oesophageal cancer from diagnosis to 6 months after surgery. Design: A qualitative interview study using an inductive approach was carried out. Methods: Participants were recruited from two university hospitals in Sweden. Ten patients who had been operated for oesophageal cancer with curative intent 6 months earlier and consented to participate in the study were included. Patients who had a disease recurrence were not eligible for inclusion. Participants were interviewed with a semi-structured interview approach. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: One overarching theme was identified; Experiencing a... (More)

Aim: The aim of the study was to describe patients' experiences of emotional adaption following treatment for oesophageal cancer from diagnosis to 6 months after surgery. Design: A qualitative interview study using an inductive approach was carried out. Methods: Participants were recruited from two university hospitals in Sweden. Ten patients who had been operated for oesophageal cancer with curative intent 6 months earlier and consented to participate in the study were included. Patients who had a disease recurrence were not eligible for inclusion. Participants were interviewed with a semi-structured interview approach. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: One overarching theme was identified; Experiencing a crisis reaction, which comprised three key categories; (a) From emotionally numb to feeling quite alright; (b) From a focus on cure to reflections about a whole new life; and (c) From a severe treatment to suffering an emaciated, non-compliant body, derived from 14 distinct sub-categories. Conclusion: This study highlights the process of emotional adaptation following oesophageal cancer surgery that patients describe when reflecting back on the first 6 months postoperatively pointing to a crisis reaction in this early postoperative period.

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adaptation, interviews, nurses, nursing, oesophageal cancer, qualitative
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10.1002/nop2.348
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  abstract     = {<p>Aim: The aim of the study was to describe patients' experiences of emotional adaption following treatment for oesophageal cancer from diagnosis to 6 months after surgery. Design: A qualitative interview study using an inductive approach was carried out. Methods: Participants were recruited from two university hospitals in Sweden. Ten patients who had been operated for oesophageal cancer with curative intent 6 months earlier and consented to participate in the study were included. Patients who had a disease recurrence were not eligible for inclusion. Participants were interviewed with a semi-structured interview approach. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: One overarching theme was identified; Experiencing a crisis reaction, which comprised three key categories; (a) From emotionally numb to feeling quite alright; (b) From a focus on cure to reflections about a whole new life; and (c) From a severe treatment to suffering an emaciated, non-compliant body, derived from 14 distinct sub-categories. Conclusion: This study highlights the process of emotional adaptation following oesophageal cancer surgery that patients describe when reflecting back on the first 6 months postoperatively pointing to a crisis reaction in this early postoperative period.</p>},
  author       = {Hellstadius, Ylva and Malmström, Marlene and Lagergren, Pernilla and Sundbom, Magnus and Wikman, Anna},
  issn         = {1874-4346},
  keyword      = {adaptation,interviews,nurses,nursing,oesophageal cancer,qualitative},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Bentham Science Publishers},
  series       = {Nursing Open},
  title        = {Reflecting a crisis reaction : Narratives from patients with oesophageal cancer about the first 6 months after diagnosis and surgery},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nop2.348},
  year         = {2019},
}