A Qualitative Study Exploring Patients' Expectations and Experiences of the Localization Event as Part of Radiation Therapy

Germaine Lovric, Chandra Makanjee

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Abstract

The radiation therapy (RT) localization event is a temporary, yet significant, process from the perspective ofthe RT health care team. The significance of RT localization is that before establishing radiation doseplanning for the forthcoming RT treatment series, it is important to establish the patient's parameters.These processes then form part of the second phase of the treatment within the cancer continuumframework. To provide effective care, it is important to establish how patients' expectations and experi-ences are shaped at the point of the localization process. Qualitative research strategy using thephenomenological hermeneutic approach is used to interpret and analyze patients' expectations and ex-periences before and after the localization process. The findings of this study illustrate the physical tolerance of pain and endurance up to a point when quality of life is compromised; only then does medical assistance becomes a necessity. The participants' tolerance of the system's processes and procedures to the point of localization was of importance because they felt that this could have resulted in a timely treatment process. Although participants wanted to be informed and better prepared for the localization event, it was just another milestone to overcome on the way to the series of RT treatments. They dwell on their everyday life activities but more so their goal to return to normalcy. An exploration of the localization process from the patients' perspective provided insight into how their lived expectations and experiences were shaped,regarding not only the process itself but also the impact it has on their desire to recover.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radiology Nursing
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

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