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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)
There are few scientific publications available with a focus on the value of supportive care services for patients with brain tumors and their families. The present study is part of a project where a specialist nurse (SN) function was implemented for patients with malignant glioma and their next-of-kin. The purpose of the present study was to identify how(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)
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)
OBJECTIVE Most people with cancer are able to deal with the mental turmoil with support from ordinary health care, family and friends. However, by themselves or by attentive health-care workers some patients are referred to specialists within the psychosocial field, foremost social workers and psychologists. This paper deals with patients' motives for(More)
Because patients with advanced lung cancer have a poor prognosis, healthcare staff should treat and support them with sensitivity without placing them under necessary strain. A common way of revealing patients' psychological needs is to rely on questionnaires where predefined potential problem areas are examined. Another and less common way of detecting(More)
BACKGROUND The time between experiencing symptoms and treatment in cancer diseases is a time of insecurity and despair. Brain tumour disease is a severe disease with dramatic manifestations and it is important that this time be kept as short as possible. METHODS A consecutive sample of 28 patients with malignant gliomas and their spouses were interviewed(More)
UNLABELLED Cancer patients are in an exposed situation that raises certain psychosocial needs in contact with health care. Previous studies have mainly investigated these needs by assessments on pre-defined categories. OBJECTIVE The purpose of the present study is, from the patients' perspective, to identify breast cancer patients' psychosocial needs, and(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)