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Abstract

SENA, Edite Lago da Silva; CARVALHO, Patrícia Anjos Lima de; REIS, Helca Franciolli Teixeira  and  ROCHA, Maricélia Braga. Family members' perceptions on care given to people with advanced cancer stage. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.4, pp. 774-781. ISSN 0104-0707.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072011000400017.

This is a phenomenological study that aimed to understand the operative intentionality on the care experience for people with advanced cancer from the perspective of family caregivers. The research was conducted through non-directive interviews with five family caregivers of people diagnosed with advanced cancer attended at the Oncology Outpatient Clinic in a public hospital in inland Bahia, Brazil, in the first semester of 2008. As a phenomenological study, the experiential descriptions were submitted to ambiguity analysis, resulting in perceiving the main theme "giving care and being cared for: an interlacing experience". With the phenomenon unveiled, it was possible to understand that within the care relationship, the people involved live an ambiguous experience that opens up possibilities for transcendence, involving a transformation of world views, attitudes, and perceptions. In this way, health actions must be focused on dialogical relationships and on inter-subjectivity, both inherent to care context, in which the caregivers should be also included.

Keywords : Care; Family; Philosophy in nursing.

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