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Positive and negative consequences with regard to cancer during adolescence. Experiences two years after diagnosis.
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Psychosocial Oncology, Uppsala University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8801-5423
2007 (English)In: Psycho-Oncology, ISSN 1057-9249, E-ISSN 1099-1611, Vol. 16, no 11, 1003-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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.

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2007. Vol. 16, no 11, 1003-9 p.
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adolescence, cancer, negative, oncology, positive
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37766DOI: 10.1002/pon.1162PubMedID: 17266181OAI: diva2:369930
Available from: 2010-11-12 Created: 2010-11-12 Last updated: 2014-06-12

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