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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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Abstract

ZAGO, Márcia Maria Fontão; BARICHELLO, Elizabeth; HANNICKEL, Sabrina  and  SAWADA, Namie Okino. The illness narrative for larynx cancer. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2001, vol.35, n.2, pp. 108-114. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342001000200003.

With the purpose of improving the care of laryngectomized patients, the aim is to understand the illness experience of patients and families of having larynx cancer. The participants were 14 laryngectomized patients and their families, in different post-surgical periods. The narrative analysis searched for categories which were understood on the basis of an anthropological focusing the culture. The understanding that the participants had of the illness experience of having a larynx cancer shows us that this process is one of suffering, of searching of strategies of coping, of evaluating the survival to the surgical treatment, which were based on the cultural system, which is different from the biomedical model of the health professionals and they must be considered in the approach for the rehabilitation.

Keywords : Laryngectomy; Laryngeal neoplasm; Postoperative care.

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