I Want My Mommy: Sibling's Experience with Childhood Cancer

Thursday, 2 August 2012: 9:10 AM

YuanJu Liao, RN
Department of Nursing, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to understand how siblings experience childhood cancer.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to understanding their everyday life of being a sibling when cancer child is receiving treatment for a cancer disease.

Purpose: To explore and describe the experience of healthy sibling who have brother or sister with cancer.

Methods: Qualitative study using phenomenology approaches was conducted. Interview was audio taped four healthy siblings aged 5 to 14 years and their family member  and analyzed according to Colaizzi’s guidelines and data analysis method proposed by the Nvivo 8.0 qualitative software. 

Results: Four domains were generated by Colaizzi (1978) method as follows: Encountering the impact of siblings with cancer, inevitable changes of the family life, mood fluctuation in daily life and reconstruction of the family life.

 Conclusion: The study findings indicated that parents play a vital role during child development period, and the challenges for siblings of children with cancer might be particularly more stressful than cancer children themselves and their parents. The professionals can provide emotional support, practical assistance and information for them. Understand perception of the healthy siblings, which can provide important information for family-centered nursing care to assist those families having chronically ill children to adapt to the situation.