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Returning to a changed ordinary life - families' lived experience after completing a child's cancer treatment
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6419-2417
Division of Nursing, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund.
Department of Pediatrics, Lund University Hospital, Lund, S-22185 Lund, Sweden.
Division of Nursing, Department of Health Sciences/The Vårdal Institute, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2011 (English)In: European Journal of Cancer Care, ISSN 0961-5423, E-ISSN 1365-2354, Vol. 20, no 2, 163-169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to illuminate the families' lived experience after completing a child's cancer treatment. The study took place at a University Hospital in southern Sweden. Interviews were carried out with 10 mothers, eight fathers, four patients and two siblings from a total of 10 families. The interviews were analysed with a hermeneutical phenomenological approach. One essential theme emerged from their stories, ‘returning to a changed ordinary life – incorporating a trying and contradictory experience’. The families felt relieved that the treatment was over yet they experienced strains in their daily life. Family members felt changed and especially the parents needed to focus on themselves in order to recover. Closeness with other people, especially their own family, was important. The previously sick children felt a loss of concern from their parents when treatment had ended, in contrast to siblings who experienced increased attention from their parents. Parents experienced being in uncharted territory and sometimes missed the security of hospital. For professionals it is important to offer the family a structured follow-up to help them in their daily life after the child's treatment is completed.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2011. Vol. 20, no 2, 163-169 p.
Keyword [en]
childhood cancer, completed treatment, family, lived experience
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4404DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2009.01159.xISI: 000286836600005PubMedID: 20345458Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79551501190OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-4404DiVA: diva2:352530
Available from: 2010-09-21 Created: 2010-09-21 Last updated: 2015-12-09Bibliographically approved

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