Patients with colorectal cancer are offered multi factual treatment which means long-term treatment followed by severe side effects. Within a phenomenological- hermeneutical frame of reference the aim of this study was to explore the patient’s perception of the challenges they experience during treatment for colonic cancer. Ten patients participated in the study. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analysed using the guidelines for meaning interpretation given by Kvale and Brinkmann. The analysis led to one dominating theme: endurance and four subthemes: coping with bodily changes; reorganization of everyday life; getting support from close relatives; seeing life from a different perspective. The patients struggled to endure both the on-going treatment and the changes in everyday life related to the disease and unpleasant side effects such as diarrhea. The findings demonstrate a need for an increased awareness of the impact of diarrhea on patients’ everyday life during treatment.
|Status||Udgivet - feb. 2015|