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dc.contributor.authorSollid, May Ingvild Volungholen
dc.contributor.authorKirkevold, Øyvind
dc.contributor.authorSlaaen, Marit
dc.contributor.authorErvik, Bente
dc.contributor.authorMelby, Line
dc.contributor.authorEilertsen, Grethe
dc.identifier.citationEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2021, 53, .en_US
dc.description.abstractAbstract Purpose To explore and describe experiences of older patients with cancer throughout their radiotherapy treatment, from diagnosis until follow-up after treatment. Methods Individual interviews were conducted to explore different phases of radiotherapy. Interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. Inductive content analysis was applied. Each interview was coded separately. Then to the codes were analyzed further, and an overall theme was developed. Results Twelve older patients with cancer, (7 male, 5 female) aged ≥ 65 related their experiences from radiotherapy treatment. A main theme describes the essence of their experiences; Understanding “just enough” . The theme comprises five main categories: Understandable, adapted information is crucial for trusting health services; Previous experiences influence patients' perception and understanding; Involvement of next of kin is crucial to patients' comprehension; Professional treatment decisions and well-organized treatment determines satisfaction and Experiences of cooperation and coordination of services affects dependability. Conclusions Findings from this study describe how understanding “just enough” – not too much nor too little – may assist older patients with cancer in participating in treatment decisions, preventing false beliefs, feeling reassured during treatment and in navigating the complex health care system. Next of kin are important assets for older patients with cancer in understanding “just enough”. Cancer nurses may map comprehension of information, as well as reveal patients' previous experiences. © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND licenseen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Ltd.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleExperiences of older patients with cancer from the radiotherapy pathway – A qualitative studyen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.source.journalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursingen_US
dc.description.localcodeThis article is available under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license and permits non-commercial use of the work as published, without adaptation or alteration provided the work is fully attributed.en_US

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