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Lung cancer patients experiences of the radiation therapy period

Cilla, Wändel; M, Planck and C, Carlsson (2012) VMFM01
Department of Health Sciences
Abstract (Swedish)
Lung cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in Europe. The diagnosis of lung cancer is often made late and the clinical management of lung cancer is often multimodal. Radio-chemotherapy may be the primary treatment. Undesired effects of radiotherapy include esophagitis, cough, skin reactions and fatigue. The aim of the study was to explore lung cancer patients' experiences of the radiation therapy period. The data were based on audio-taped, open-ended interviews with 16 lung cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy with a curative intent in their last week of treatment. The diagnosis included adenocarcinoma, squamous cell cancer, small cell lung cancer. The duration of the treatment period was 22-33 days. The transcribed texts... (More)
Lung cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in Europe. The diagnosis of lung cancer is often made late and the clinical management of lung cancer is often multimodal. Radio-chemotherapy may be the primary treatment. Undesired effects of radiotherapy include esophagitis, cough, skin reactions and fatigue. The aim of the study was to explore lung cancer patients' experiences of the radiation therapy period. The data were based on audio-taped, open-ended interviews with 16 lung cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy with a curative intent in their last week of treatment. The diagnosis included adenocarcinoma, squamous cell cancer, small cell lung cancer. The duration of the treatment period was 22-33 days. The transcribed texts were analyzed by inductive content analysis. Three themes were identified; physical impact on everyday life, upcoming thoughts and feelings, and impact of the technical environment. The life changes for the informants during the radiotherapy period; most prominent were fatigue and eosophagit. Informants described worry about the future in the relation with family. Having been a smoker gives a great deal of space for guilt. The informants were asked for different types of information, medical and radiotherapy information or self care advice. Management of side effects and advice for self care during the period of radiotherapy is important and information needs to be individualized, continuous and followed up based on the patient’s knowledge, questions and problems in his or her everyday life (Less)
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author
Cilla, Wändel; M, Planck and C, Carlsson
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Physical impact on everyday life, upcoming thoughts and feelings, and impact of the technical environment
course
VMFM01
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Lung cancer, radiation therapy period, chemotherapy, patient experience, interviews.
language
English
id
3616316
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2013-03-22 16:44:16
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  abstract     = {Lung cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in Europe. The diagnosis of lung cancer is often made late and the clinical management of lung cancer is often multimodal. Radio-chemotherapy may be the primary treatment. Undesired effects of radiotherapy include esophagitis, cough, skin reactions and fatigue. The aim of the study was to explore lung cancer patients' experiences of the radiation therapy period. The data were based on audio-taped, open-ended interviews with 16 lung cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy with a curative intent in their last week of treatment. The diagnosis included adenocarcinoma, squamous cell cancer, small cell lung cancer. The duration of the treatment period was 22-33 days. The transcribed texts were analyzed by inductive content analysis. Three themes were identified; physical impact on everyday life, upcoming thoughts and feelings, and impact of the technical environment. The life changes for the informants during the radiotherapy period; most prominent were fatigue and eosophagit. Informants described worry about the future in the relation with family. Having been a smoker gives a great deal of space for guilt. The informants were asked for different types of information, medical and radiotherapy information or self care advice. Management of side effects and advice for self care during the period of radiotherapy is important and information needs to be individualized, continuous and followed up based on the patient’s knowledge, questions and problems in his or her everyday life},
  author       = {Cilla, Wändel and M, Planck and C, Carlsson},
  keyword      = {Lung cancer,radiation therapy period,chemotherapy,patient experience,interviews.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Lung cancer patients experiences of the radiation therapy period},
  year         = {2012},
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