Do adolescent cancer survivors need health care and psychosocial services? An Indonesian experience

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Abstract

Objective: Advances in childhood cancer treatment have contributed to an increased survival rate among childhood cancer patients. The increasing number of survivors means that more help is needed to support them in dealing with the physical and psychosocial problems following their cancer therapy. This study explored the needs of adolescent cancer survivors in terms of health care and psychosocial services. Method: This qualitative research used a phenomenological approach. Eight adolescent cancer survivors were interviewed using a semi-structured format. The data were analyzed using a thematic analysis. Results: Seven themes emerged from the study results: (i) follow-up care; (ii) education for patients and their families; (iii) compassionate health care services; (iv) psychological counseling; (v) support from families and friends; (vi) support from school; and (vii) support from social community activities. Conclusions: These findings showed that adolescent cancer survivors in Indonesia need long term follow-up care for their physical and psychosocial needs. Nurses should play an active role in addressing the needs of adolescent cancer survivors as described in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-45
Number of pages5
JournalEnfermeria Clinica
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Childhood cancer
  • Clinical service needs
  • Psychosocial needs
  • Survivors

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