Adolescents with Terminal Cancer: Making Good Use of Illusions.

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Abstract

The terminal stage of disease in teenagers is extremely complex to manage. In this study, we share some stories of terminally ill adolescent patients who made use of illusion as a way to overcome their anguish in their final stages of illness. These experiences show how young patients can cope better with terminal illness by resorting to a nonrational and fictional dimension that can serve them as a psychological compromise, helping them tolerate their real everyday life by suspending their critical senses for a while. Illusions can serve as a resource for young patients and a potentially useful tool for medical professionals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2020

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