Positive and negative consequences with regard to cancer during adolescence. Experiences two years after diagnosis

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Abstract

Objectives. The purpose was to explore negative and positive consequences of cancer during adolescence experienced two years after diagnosis. Methods. Two years after diagnosis 38 persons, 15-21 years old, were asked two questions over the telephone: What, if anything, is bad for you due to the cancer disease? and What, if anything, is good for you due to the cancer disease? The answers were analysed by content analysis. Results: Four categories of negative experiences were identified: a problematic body; unpleasant thoughts and feelings; outside the circle of friends; and difficulties with schoolwork. Six categories of positive experiences were identified: a more positive view of life; good self-esteem; knowledge and experience with regard to disease and hospital care; good relations; broader perspectives; and material gains. Conclusions. Two years after diagnosis those struck by cancer during adolescence experience not only a number of negative, but also positive, consequences of the cancer disease and its treatment.

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Authors
  • Emma Mattsson
  • A. Ringner
  • G. Ljungman
  • L. von Essen
Organisations
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Nursing

Keywords

  • positive, oncology, negative, adolescence, cancer
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1003-1009
JournalPsycho-Oncology
Volume16
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: The Vårdal Institute (016540000), Clinical Microbiology, Malmö (013011000)