Livskvalitet och upplevelse av att leva med hjärntumör
Brain tumour can be a chronic disease that affects individuals in many aspects. The course of events in the disease, the treatment and prognosis has an effect on the physical, as well as mental and social health and therefore influences individuals’ quality of life and wellbeing. The aim of this study was to describe the experience of quality of life and living with a brain tumour as an adult. A descriptive systematic literature study was used to analyze eleven scientific articles. The analysis resulted in four categories, physical changes involves difficulties in the daily life, emotional distress involves suffering, to feel anxiety at the thought of death and feel the need of social support. The result showed that people that lived with a brain tumour were submitted to changes that had a negative effect on their daily life. They experienced an emotional distress and suffering that further added in a negative way on their daily life. The constant threat of death leads to a feeling of death anxiety. To be able to cope with their everyday life and manage the process that the disease brought it was important to have social support and understanding from their next of kin and surroundings. The knowledge about this disease and the consequences it has for the single individual contributes to a greater understanding for the person that is affected. Further research about experiences amongst people that lives with serious diseases is necessary so that they get treated adequately and get help and understanding within the care system. This literature study shows that people who lived with brain tumor experienced sadness and depression that made its mark on daily life. Together with constant worries and the mental fatigue brought these problems to each individual.
School:Högskolan i Gävle
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:brain tumour cancer experience of living quality life
Date of Publication:01/16/2008