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Konstantina V. Tatselou, Sotirios Plakas, Dimitris Papageorgiou, Martha Kelesi, Georgia Fasoi, Aret Stavropoulou, Εvrydiki Kaba

Sunday, January 1, 2023

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Pages: 97-111

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10461903


Introduction: Pancreatic cancer is a serious and often fatal disease. It is an experience that can affect in many areas of life the family members who are close to the affected members, who are faced with a variety of emotions and data that are constantly changing.The aim of this qualitative study was to investigate the experiences experienced by the family of patients with end-stage pancreatic cancer.Methodology: The data collection and analysis was performed using the methodology of the Grounded Theory. In order to collect the data, unstructured interviews were conducted with family members of the patients, during the stay of their patients in the hospital. The resulting data were analyzed by the method of continuous comparative analysis.Results: From data analysis emerged three main thematic units: 1) The transition from absolute health to absolute disease. Two categories emerged through it: A) Shock - denial with two subcategories: A1) Shock - non-acceptance of the situation - first reactions and feelings, A2) Immediate and ongoing concerns and B) Psychological and practical disorganization. The 2nd thematic unit followed: Psycho-emotional response and adaptation of caregivers - family members to the unpleasant situation. The analysis was completed with the 3rd thematic unit: Ideological compensation - love defeats cancer.Conclusions: The results highlight the complexity of dealing with such a disease on a personal, psychological, practical level. The end-stage pancreatic cancer is a multifaceted difficulty for family members and the need for long-term support is imperative.

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