To identify and describe experiences of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) who have neurotoxic side effects early in the oxaliplatin treatment period, and how neurotoxicity affects their daily lives.PARTICIPANTS & SETTING:
10 patients with stage II-III CRC were included. All were treated with adjuvant oxaliplatin postoperatively and assessed neurotoxicity via a platform-independent mobile phone-based system. Patients were recruited from two hospitals in southern Sweden from November 2013 to August 2014.METHODOLOGIC APPROACH:
Qualitative interview study conducted through open-ended, face-to-face, qualitative interviews. Thematic analysis was used.FINDINGS:
A main theme was identified: “Endure neurotoxic side effects.” This theme illuminated how patients adapt to manage daily life. Patients' daily lives, as well as their psychosocial well-being, were affected. Patients changed their daily routines and reprioritized activities.IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING:
Nurses have an obligation to communicate the importance of early detection of neurotoxicity. Mobile phone technology seems to be a valuable tool for monitoring patient-reported neurotoxicity to improve communication and supportive care.