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Diseases 2017, 5(4), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/diseases5040036

Having a Child Diagnosed with Cancer: Raising the Challenges Encountered by the Caregivers at the Pediatric Oncology Ward in Egypt

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Department of Social Work, The University of Gothenburg, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Department of Clinical Cancer Epidemiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, The University of Gothenburg, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
Received: 20 October 2017 / Revised: 25 November 2017 / Accepted: 14 December 2017 / Published: 19 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pediatric Diseases)
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Abstract

Having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and undergoing a severe treatment regimen, is a massive challenge for many caregivers, not the least of who are those with low socioeconomic status and living in a society where deeply rooted cultural and societal misconceptions are immensely noticeable. The aim of the study is to raise the great concerns experienced by the caregivers at the pediatric oncology ward in Egypt. The study is comprised of 24 caregivers of children with cancer undergoing treatment at the inpatient ward. Semi-structured interviews and participant observations were used as a means of data collection. Numerous concerns are addressed in this study which are all related to fear of the illness and guilty feelings of having caused the child this illness. The fears and concerns addressed in this paper seem to obstruct the caregivers’ overall psychosocial wellbeing, which is known to have multiple effects on the child’s overall wellbeing. Thus, it is very important to take into consideration caregivers in the child’s cancer treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: cancer disease; pediatric oncology; Egypt; culture; caregiver; psycho-oncology; psychosocial oncology cancer disease; pediatric oncology; Egypt; culture; caregiver; psycho-oncology; psychosocial oncology
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El Malla, H. Having a Child Diagnosed with Cancer: Raising the Challenges Encountered by the Caregivers at the Pediatric Oncology Ward in Egypt. Diseases 2017, 5, 36.

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