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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335565
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Experience of Taiwanese Mothers of Children Completing Cancer Treatments
Author(s):
Wu, Li-Min; Chen, Chin-Mi; Haase, Joan E.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Lambda Beta-at-Large
Author Details:
Li-Min Wu, PhD, RN, painting@kmu.edu.tw; Chin-Mi Chen, PhD, RN; Joan E. Haase, PhD, RN, FAAN
Abstract:
Session presented on Friday, July 25, 2014: Background: More than 60% of childhood cancer survivors have at least one long-term treatment side effect; over 30% experience moderate to severe delayed effects. Most parents have lingering concern about their child’s health, especially perseveration of uncertainty and anxieties about the possibility of cancer relapse, however, most studies have focused on parents’ experiences during the course of treatment. Information about the crucial post-treatment period is lacking. Purpose: In this presentation we describe the essential structure of the lived experience of mothers in Taiwan caring for their child after cancer treatments. Methods: A phenomenology approach was used.  The sample of 10 mothers of children ages 13-20 who had completed cancer treatments within the past 24 months consented to participate and were interviewed in a pediatric setting. Data were generated using open-ended questions about their experiences of life following treatments. Data were transcribed and analyzed using Giorgi's four-step procedures to derive the essential structure caring for a child post-cancer treatment. Credibility strategies included a systematic approach to data collection, analysis, and management using audit trail. Results: Two theme categories were found. Living under the Cloud of Relapse included the sub-themes: Cancer Relapse is the Sword of Damocles, Vigilance Is a Way of Life, and Maintaining a Good Healthy Lifestyle. Changing to Face the Future included sub-themes: Becoming My Child’s Healthcare Provider, Adjusting Expectations, and Moving Forward by Making Family Adjustments. Conclusion: Mothers never stop worrying about their child’s cancer returning, but they understand the need to move forward and face the future. They attempt to return to normalcy, to accept the consequences of the treatments, and to compromise dreams with reality. After treatments, mothers of children need continued support to understand the symptoms and signs of relapse, manage uncertainty, and adjust to a new normal for the family.
Keywords:
Mothers of children with cancer; Phenomenology; Cancer survivorship
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
17-Nov-2014
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleExperience of Taiwanese Mothers of Children Completing Cancer Treatmentsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWu, Li-Minen_GB
dc.contributor.authorChen, Chin-Mien_GB
dc.contributor.authorHaase, Joan E.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentLambda Beta-at-Largeen_GB
dc.author.detailsLi-Min Wu, PhD, RN, painting@kmu.edu.tw; Chin-Mi Chen, PhD, RN; Joan E. Haase, PhD, RN, FAANen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335565-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Friday, July 25, 2014: Background: More than 60% of childhood cancer survivors have at least one long-term treatment side effect; over 30% experience moderate to severe delayed effects. Most parents have lingering concern about their child’s health, especially perseveration of uncertainty and anxieties about the possibility of cancer relapse, however, most studies have focused on parents’ experiences during the course of treatment. Information about the crucial post-treatment period is lacking. Purpose: In this presentation we describe the essential structure of the lived experience of mothers in Taiwan caring for their child after cancer treatments. Methods: A phenomenology approach was used.  The sample of 10 mothers of children ages 13-20 who had completed cancer treatments within the past 24 months consented to participate and were interviewed in a pediatric setting. Data were generated using open-ended questions about their experiences of life following treatments. Data were transcribed and analyzed using Giorgi's four-step procedures to derive the essential structure caring for a child post-cancer treatment. Credibility strategies included a systematic approach to data collection, analysis, and management using audit trail. Results: Two theme categories were found. Living under the Cloud of Relapse included the sub-themes: Cancer Relapse is the Sword of Damocles, Vigilance Is a Way of Life, and Maintaining a Good Healthy Lifestyle. Changing to Face the Future included sub-themes: Becoming My Child’s Healthcare Provider, Adjusting Expectations, and Moving Forward by Making Family Adjustments. Conclusion: Mothers never stop worrying about their child’s cancer returning, but they understand the need to move forward and face the future. They attempt to return to normalcy, to accept the consequences of the treatments, and to compromise dreams with reality. After treatments, mothers of children need continued support to understand the symptoms and signs of relapse, manage uncertainty, and adjust to a new normal for the family.en_GB
dc.subjectMothers of children with canceren_GB
dc.subjectPhenomenologyen_GB
dc.subjectCancer survivorshipen_GB
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:55:01Z-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17-
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:55:01Z-
dc.conference.date2014en_GB
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen_GB
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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