Adolescents with Terminal Cancer: Making Good Use of Illusions.

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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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