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Acta Paulista de Enfermagem

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CHERON, Maria de Fátima de Lima  and  PETTENGILL, Myriam Aparecida Mandetta. Experience of a healthy brother in relation to the disease and hospitalization of his brother with cancer. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.5, pp.605-610. ISSN 0103-2100.

OBJECTIVE: To understand the meaning of the experience of having a sibling with cancer from the perspective of healthy brother. METHODS: A descriptive qualitative research approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five siblings of children with cancer who were receiving care in a philanthropic institution located in São Paulo. RESULTS: The central theme that emerged was suffering as it was revealed that the healthy brother became mature because of the suffering that is imposed in the course of events. They valued family and small acts of daily life that are often undetected. CONCLUSION: The health care team must recognize the experience of the brother and include it in the care provided at all stages of the disease.

Keywords : Child; Neoplasms; psychology; Siblings; psychology; Sibling relations; Rejection (Psychology).

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