Our Family Living with Cancer: The Study of Non-Terminal Cancer Patients' Family System Operation Experiences
|關鍵字:||癌症;非癌末患者;家庭系統;疾病經驗;主題分析法;詮釋循環;cancer;non-terminal cancer patients;family system;illness experiences;thematic analysis;hermeneutic circle|
This research aims at exploring the mentality change process, coping experience, and family system operation experience of non-terminal cancer patients and their families. Main research method is qualitative research approach; data collect by semi-structural interviews, including family interview, individual interview, and field studies on interviewing all family members of the non-terminal cancer patients (the cancer patient is with the complication of organic brain syndrome) diagnosed by doctors. Hermeneutic circles of thematic analyses are exploited to probe into the understanding and meaning of this process from the non-terminal cancer patient’s family. The research results and conclusions are as follow: 1. The mentality change process of the non-terminal cancer patients and their families: (1)On knowing the diagnosis, the family makes a quick decision of removal and deal with the survival issue. (2)The feelings towards the fact of suffering from cancer relate to his/her daily life foci. (3)The automatically-formed patient and healthy family circle. (4)Focus on the present crisis in the life instead of the future crisis of survival rate. 2. The coping experience of non terminal cancer patients and their families: (1)The coping experience of the patient corresponds to the representations of his/her life philosophies and self concepts. (2)In dealing with the experience, children need more support on the physical-caring aspect instead of emotional-caring aspect. (3)His/her mate needs the flexibility to reform and seek the support from both inside and outside of the family to achieve the mutual life goals. (4)The family will act more actively to face the challenge brought by the feelings of uncertainties in information. (5)In the process of coping experience, counseling techniques are used to help letting emotions out. 3. The family system operation experience process of non-terminal cancer patients and their family systems: (1)Facing the patient situation, the family members need to work as a system to discuss and move together. (2)The family should try to take care of each other’s life while taking care of one’s own. Hidden communications could well be another challenge. (3)Being considerate to each other and approving others’ efforts. Last, suggestions for future help-providers and related researches are stated based on the research results and the reflections from the researcher in the process.
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