Pär Salander

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The malignant brain tumour disease condenses much of the anguish of cancer diseases. The brain is a vital and delicate organ, and the prognosis is generally unfavourable. The patient is exposed and has to rely on cognitive manoeuvres to manage the mental stress. The purpose of this study was to generate new insights into how the patient constructs a new(More)
Papers in clinical journals dealing with how to tell cancer patients bad news rely mostly on the opinion of the physician. The purpose of the present study was to contribute with knowledge from the patient's perspective by analysing how patients with recently diagnosed cancer narrate the manner in which they received their diagnosis. A consecutive series of(More)
Malignant glioma is a severe disease with little chance for recovery. Due to its effect on cerebral function, it is also a disease with an obvious social impact on family life. Brain tumours, therefore, produce much of the anguish associated with cancer diseases. There is a lack of prospective studies concerning how patients and spouses together deal with(More)
The malignant glioma is a severe disease with an unfavourable prognosis. Aside from a few case studies, the knowledge of the victimised patients' lives from diagnosis to death is mainly restricted to studies assessing functional status and rating quality of life by means of questionnaires. From a clinician's perspective this knowledge is not sufficient. By(More)
Knowledge about the neuropsychological performance of adult patients with brain tumors, and especially with malignant gliomas, is limited. In this study 30 patients were consecutively included at time of diagnosis. Five months after completion of radiotherapy eleven of the patients showed no signs of focal neurology or tumor recurrence. These eleven(More)
The concept of 'denial' emanates from psychoanalytic psychology. Within this framework it is regarded as a primitive defence mechanism related to personality disorder. The concept has been adopted by coping research but invested with quite other implications. Different researchers operationalize 'denial' in different ways which contributes to this(More)
Most studies of the psychosocial needs of patients with head and neck cancers (HNC) use predefined categories and explicitly ask for specified needs. These studies are important but should be complemented with inductive studies based on patients' own descriptions of experiences. This qualitative study is such a contribution. In repeated interviews positive(More)
AIM This study compares potential differences between women with breast cancer who after mastectomy had undergone breast reconstruction with those who had not. MATERIAL AND METHODS All women (N=149) in the northern medical region of Sweden who had undergone mastectomy in 2003 received a self-reported questionnaire entitled "Life After Mastectomy (LAM)"(More)
BACKGROUND An increasing number of women survive breast cancer and a majority return to work. However, findings based on mean values may conceal individual processes that need to be better understood to discuss meaningful rehabilitation. AIM The purpose of this study is to describe the sick-leave pattern of a group of Swedish women with primary breast(More)
PURPOSE This 2-year follow-up study explores aspects of body image after mastectomy due to breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS This population-based study included 76 women living in northern Sweden who, during November 2006 to October 2007, underwent mastectomy due to breast cancer. The women completed a questionnaire entitled "Life After Mastectomy(More)