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A qualitative descriptive study of patients' experiences of receiving primary radiation treatment for head and neck cancer 1 edition

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Maurene Anne McQuestion

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A qualitative descriptive study of patients' experiences of receiving primary radiation treatment for head and neck cancer.

Published 2006 .
Written in English.

About the Book

Most research to date in the area of head and neck cancer has focused on the efficacy of treatment modalities and the assessment and management of treatment side effects and toxicities. Little or no attention has been directed toward understanding patients' experience of receiving radiation treatment for the management of their cancer.The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experience of individuals receiving radiation treatment for a cancer of the head and neck. Face to face interviews were conducted with 17 individuals. Thorne's (1997) approach of interpretive description along with Giorgi's analytical technique for analysis was used. Experiences across interviews revealed 5 main themes. Participants (1) experienced shock, worry and a fear of dying as they attempted to make sense of their diagnosis, (2) felt distressed from disrupted expectations and changes in life routines, (3) had a heightened awareness of self, others and the health care system, (4) utilized strategies to 'get through' treatment and manage changes, and (5) were living with an uncertain future.

Edition Notes

Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-06, page: 2763.

Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Toronto, 2006.

Electronic version licensed for access by U. of T. users.

ROBARTS MICROTEXT copy on microfiche.

The Physical Object

Pagination
142 leaves.
Number of pages
142

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL19215211M
ISBN 13
9780494161807

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