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Poster Display session 3

5620 - Understanding the patients’ Experiences of Radiation Therapy: A Qualitative Study on Prostate Cancer Patients

Date

30 Sep 2019

Session

Poster Display session 3

Presenters

Sakarias Johansson

Citation

Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v836-v845. 10.1093/annonc/mdz276

Authors

S.L. Johansson

Author affiliations

  • Department Of Oncology, Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institute - Huddinge, 141 86 - Stockholm/SE
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Abstract 5620

Background

Radiotherapy involves many short visits to the hospital during several weeks. Side effects may occur after a few weeks of daily treatment. This includes problems with urination, urgency, bowel problems, and often a disturbed sleep. A research team at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden attempted to understand how the patients with prostate cancer experience the radiation therapy, as well as how the therapy affects their daily life.

Methods

Ten prostate cancer patients from two different hospitals in Stockholm were asked to keep diaries, and subsequently interviewed about their experiences of radiation treatment. Data were analyzed with Framework content analysis.

Results

Three themes emerged after analysis: Changed life situation because of radiation treatment and its side effects and cancer diagnosis; Guidance by oncology nurses, oncologist and close relatives and own reflection the patients got; New Perspectives after weeks of treatment. With New perspectives they could find routines for their daily life and cope with side effects and cancer diagnosis.

Conclusions

Despite the stressful situation caused by side effects affecting daily life, patients with prostate cancer receiving radiation therapy generally describe their treatment period as positive. In the beginning, the treatment period is perceived as a journey with a sense of uncertainty, which gradually turns into a sense of increased certainty and stability as the treatment proceeds. The patients describe their partner as the most important support and guide through the journey of radiation therapy.

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Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

The author.

Funding

Has not received any funding.

Disclosure

The author has declared no conflicts of interest.

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