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Changes in intimate relationships following treatment for head and neck cancer – a qualitative study
Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa, Uppsala universitet.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Otorhinolaryngology.
Institutionen för kirurgiska vetenskaper, Öron-, näs- och halssjukdomar, Uppsala universitet.
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2017 (English)In: Journal of psychosocial oncology, ISSN 0734-7332, E-ISSN 1540-7586Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to determine how patients with head and neck cancer experience changes within their intimate relationships at the end of treatment and detect detrimental and facilitating factors in the process of resuming intimate relationships. Interviews were conducted with 131 patients. A core category – "Being open vs. not sharing the cancer journey" – emerged from the patients' narratives and was based on the experiences of engagement/disengagement, openess/fear, and patronising attitudes/sharing the burden. The findings point to the necessity of patients being open about the disease trajectory and might be understood in the light of theories about potential changes in identity and self-concept.

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Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis, 2017.
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Head and neck cancer, intimate relationships, patients experience, social support, qualitative study
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Social Work Cancer and Oncology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135348DOI: 10.1080/07347332.2017.1339224OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-135348DiVA: diva2:1098451
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Acknowledgement of funding: This study was sponsored by the Swedish Cancer Society, Lions Cancer Research Foundation at Umeå University, the Swedish Laryng Foundation, and the Cancer Research Foundation of Northern Sweden.

Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-24 Last updated: 2017-08-19

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