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Contemporary Oncology/Współczesna Onkologia
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vol. 24
 
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The patient’s readiness to accept the changes in life after the radical lung cancer surgery

Kinga Gryglicka
1
,
Katarzyna Białek
2

1.
Clinical Department of Thoracic Surgery and Oncological Surgery with Pulmonary Rehabilitation Subdivision, The John Paul II Specialist Hospital in Krakow, Poland
2.
Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland
Contemp Oncol (Pozn) 2020; 24 (1): 42-50
Online publish date: 2020/03/30
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Introduction
Lung cancer holds the first position as the number of deaths among both the genders and, even if oncological efficient, is related to lasting psychological effects, which may significantly influence further functioning of a patient’s professional and social life. The researches objective was to find the level of acceptance of lung cancer and to determine what is the patient’s readiness to accept the changes in life after the surgery.

Material and methods
In total, 135 patients suffering from lung cancer were enrolled. To evaluate the readiness to accept the changes in life after the surgery the authors’ questionnaire was used and to evaluate of level of acceptance of illness the standardized the Acceptance of Illness Scale (AIS) was used.

Results
The awareness of the treatment consequences is high among the patients scheduled for surgery. The acceptance of lung cancer is high (mean = 32.23; SD = 7.53). The level of disease acceptance depends on the evaluation of own health – both currently (it is higher among the patients who consider their health as good) and compared to the previous year (it is higher among the patients who evaluate it as the same or better than a year ago) (p < 0.05). The willingness to accept the life changes depends on a gender, age, marital status, education, employment and health orientation (p < 0.05).

Conclusions
Regardless of the achievements of the recent years in the lung cancer treatment, it remains the biggest oncologic challenge worldwide. Only multidisciplinary actions including prevention and psychological support may contribute to much more efficient treatment.

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lung cancer, surgery, acceptance changes after lung cancer

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