publication . Article . 2019

“Every part of me has changed”—shared lived experiences of adolescents living with cancer in Zambia

Sibulwa, Sharleen; Chansa-Kabali, Tamara; Hapunda, Given;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2019 Journal: Health Psychology Open, volume 6, page 205,510,291,983,353 (issn: 2055-1029, eissn: 2055-1029, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
This study explored experiences of adolescents living with cancer, focusing on physical and psychosocial problems. Semi-structured interviews were carried out on 18 adolescents aged between 12 and 18 years. Transcripts were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results showed that the adolescents faced a lot of physical, psychological, and social problems due to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and care. In order to improve their well-being and quality of life, psychosocial interventions should be incorporated in biomedical interventions that adolescents with cancer receive. This study proposes cost-effective interventions that can be implemented in resource-restricted ...
free text keywords: Psychosocial, Gerontology, Psychology, Cancer, medicine.disease, medicine, BF1-990, Report of Empirical Study, adolescents, physical challenges, psychosocial problems, Zambia
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