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

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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.


  • Emma Mattsson
  • A. Ringner
  • G. Ljungman
  • L. von Essen
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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

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Sidor (från-till)1003-1009
Utgåva nummer11
StatusPublished - 2007
Peer review utfördJa