Patienters upplevelser av att leva med pankreascancer och behovet av stöd från sjuksköterskan

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Sammanfattning: Background: Patients who suffer from pancreatic cancer are often in great need of care and attention already when they get their diagnosis. The disease has a poor prognosis with a short expected survival. The course of the disease can quickly deteriorate, which means that the nurse must act quickly to be able o support the patients and their relatives. Aim: The purpose of the study is to describe how patients with pancreatic cancer experience their disease during chemotherapy and what need for support is requested from the nurse. Method: The design is qualitative latent content analysis with a strategic selection of eight people who were interviewed with semi-structured interviews. The collected material was analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results: There are three prominent categories: Living with serious illness, Supporting factors and Resources. Conclusion: Patients with pancreatic cancer often experience anxiety about the future and a lack of control because they can not influence the course of the disease. The participants had different strategies for managing their everyday lives, and the most prominent was a desire to live as usual. Continuity and accessibility contributed to increased security. Participation in care meant that the person gained influence over their life situation. The participant were often dependent on the support of relatives to make everyday life work. It was important to have a personal relationship with the nurse and to be seen as a person despite their illness.

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