Unge med kræft kalder på en særlig opmærksomhed
- Side: 56-66
- Publisert på Idunn: 2015-03-26
- Publisert: 2008-12-03
This article discusses whether young adults with cancer have problems or needs which differ from cancer patients of other generations and therefore make special demands on the health care professionals. Drawing on existing knowledge about young people with cancer and an email-based series of interviews with a young woman with cancer, the conclusion is that there are both similarities and differences between the generations. What is special about young people suffering from cancer is that they are in a phase of life in which they make identity decisions regarding education, personal relationships, parenthood, and housing conditions. It is also difficult for many young persons to relate to the existing prevention and lifestyle discussions since they have not yet adopted the life style connected with an increased risk of getting cancer. Finally, young people differ from other generations by having another attitude to and different use of communication technologies when it comes to maintaining contact with friends and family, but also in connection with communication with professionals and other ill human beings. The conclusion is that it is important to pay special attention to the generational aspects of patients with cancer.