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About me

I am associate professor in nursing and senior lecturer at the Division of Nursing. At the moment I primarily focus on research and research supervision. I have a 6-year research appointment (80% of full time) financed by The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation. I am a registered nurse and have my clinical background in psychosocial oncology.

Education

Registered Nurse, 1980

Basic Education in Psychotherapy, Stockholm County Council, 1995                  

PhD, Karolinska Institutet, 2002

Research group

I'm leading a multidisciplinary research group together with associate professor Claudia Lampic. The Lampic & Wettergren group has 13 members, including senior and junior researchers, postdocs and doctoral students. Our research concerns both reproductive and sexual health.

Commission of trust

Director of studies of the Doctoral School in Health Care Sciences, Karolinska Institutet 

Member of Dissertation Committee, Karolinska Institutet

Research description

My research focuses on psychosocial aspects of cancer care and fertility/infertility. Ongoing projects:

Fertility-related communication in cancer care 

Fex-Can - Fertility and sexuality following cancer 

Health-related quality of life and needs of care and support among cancer patients in East Africa 

Sexuality and thoughts about fertility in childhood cancer survivors 

Translation and adaption of the PRO-CTCAE – a measure of symptoms in clinical trials 

 

Teaching portfolio

I teach and supervise in basic and advanced programmes for nurses, as well as in master programmes and research education.

Publications

Antibiotic use during infectious episodes in the first 6 months of anticancer treatment-A Swedish cohort study of children aged 7-16 years
Af Sandeberg M, Johansson E, Wettergren L, Björk O, Hertting O, Nilsson A
Pediatric blood & cancer 2017;64(7):-

Cancer negatively impacts on sexual function in adolescents and young adults: The AYA HOPE study
Wettergren L, Kent Ee, Mitchell Sa, Zebrack B, Lynch Cf, Rubenstein Mb, et al
Psycho-oncology 2017;26(10):1632-1639

Development of a 12-item short version of the HIV stigma scale
Reinius M, Wettergren L, Wiklander M, Svedhem V, Ekström Am, Eriksson Le
Health and quality of life outcomes 2017;15(1):115-

Feasibility of a self-help web-based intervention targeting young cancer patients with sexual problems and fertility distress
Wiklander M, Strandquist J, Obol Cm, Eriksson Le, Winterling J, Rodriguez-wallberg Ka, et al
Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 2017;25(12):3675-3682

Oncologists and hematologists' perceptions of fertility-related communication - a nationwide survey
Micaux Obol C, Armuand Gm, Rodriguez-wallberg Ka, Ahlgren J, Ljungman P, Wettergren L, et al
Acta oncologica (Stockholm, Sweden) 2017;56(8):1103-1110

Physicians' self-reported practice behaviour regarding fertility-related discussions in paediatric oncology in Sweden
Armuand Gm, Nilsson J, Rodriguez-wallberg Ka, Malmros J, Arvidson J, Lampic C, et al
Psycho-oncology 2017;26(10):1684-1690

Associations between lower urinary tract dysfunction and health-related quality of life in children with chronic kidney disease
Öborn H, Wettergren L, Herthelius M, Forinder U
Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992) 2016;105(8):959-66

Development of a Self-Help Web-Based Intervention Targeting Young Cancer Patients With Sexual Problems and Fertility Distress in Collaboration With Patient Research Partners
Winterling J, Wiklander M, Obol Cm, Lampic C, Eriksson Le, Pelters B, et al
JMIR research protocols 2016;5(2):e60-

Experiences of patients undergoing chemotherapy - a qualitative study of adults attending Uganda Cancer Institute
Wampaalu Pb, Eriksson Le, Naamala A, Nabirye Rc, Wettergren L
African health sciences 2016;16(3):744-749

Exploring childhood cancer survivors' views about sex and sexual experiences -findings from online focus group discussions
Jervaeus A, Nilsson J, Eriksson Le, Lampic C, Widmark C, Wettergren L
European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society 2016;20():165-72

Metadata and Title Correction: Online Focus Group Discussion is a Valid and Feasible Mode When Investigating Sensitive Topics Among Young Persons With a Cancer Experience
Wettergren L, Eriksson Le, Nilsson J, Jervaeus A, Lampic C
JMIR research protocols 2016;5(2):e92-

Online Focus Group Discussion is a Valid and Feasible Mode When Investigating Sensitive Topics Among Young Persons With a Cancer Experience
Wettergren L, Eriksson Le, Nilsson J, Jervaeus A, Lampic C
JMIR research protocols 2016;5(2):e86-

The role of illness perceptions in adherence to surveillance in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
Eriksson Le, Fritzell K, Rixon L, Björk J, Wettergren L
Psycho-oncology 2016;25(6):699-706

Measurement properties of the 13-item sense of coherence scale using Rasch analysis
Holmefur M, Sundberg K, Wettergren L, Langius-eklöf A
Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation 2015;24(6):1455-63

Perceptions of School Among Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Comparison With Peers
Winterling J, Jervaeus A, Af Sandeberg M, Johansson E, Wettergren L
Journal of pediatric oncology nursing : official journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses 2015;32(4):201-8

Women more vulnerable than men when facing risk for treatment-induced infertility: A qualitative study of young adults newly diagnosed with cancer
Armuand Gm, Wettergren L, Rodriguez-wallberg Ka, Lampic C
ACTA ONCOLOGICA 2015;54(2):243-52

Clinical significance in self-rated HRQoL among survivors after childhood cancer - demonstrated by anchor-based thresholds
Jervaeus A, Lampic C, Johansson E, Malmros J, Wettergren L
Acta oncologica (Stockholm, Sweden) 2014;53(4):486-92

Comparison of two instruments for measurement of quality of life in clinical practice--a qualitative study
Wettergren L, Hedlund Lindberg M, Kettis Å, Glimelius B, Ring L
BMC medical research methodology 2014;14():115-

Desire for children, difficulties achieving a pregnancy, and infertility distress 3 to 7 years after cancer diagnosis
Armuand Gm, Wettergren L, Rodriguez-wallberg Ka, Lampic C
Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 2014;22(10):2805-12

Patients experiences of dental implant placement for treatment of partial edentulism in a student clinic setting
Seferli J, Michelin M, Klinge B, Wettergren L
SWEDISH DENTAL JOURNAL 2014;38(2):77-85

Psychometric evaluation of the HIV stigma scale in a Swedish context
Lindberg Mh, Wettergren L, Wiklander M, Svedhem-johansson V, Eriksson Le
PloS one 2014;9(12):e114867-

Survivors of Childhood Cancer Report High Levels of Independence Five Years After Diagnosis
Jervaeus A, Af Sandeberg M, Johansson E, Wettergren L
JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY NURSING 2014;31(5):245-51

'Will I be able to have a baby?' Results from online focus group discussions with childhood cancer survivors in Sweden
Nilsson J, Jervaeus A, Lampic C, Eriksson Le, Widmark C, Armuand Gm, et al
Human reproduction (Oxford, England) 2014;29(12):2704-11

Adolescents' and young adults' experiences of childhood cancer: descriptions of daily life 5 years after diagnosis
Doukkali Eb, Winterling J, Eriksson Le, Lampic C, Hagström As, Wettergren L
Cancer nursing 2013;36(5):400-7

Does school attendance during initial cancer treatment in childhood increase the risk of infection?
Af Sandeberg M, Wettergren L, Björk O, Arvidson J, Johansson E
Pediatric blood & cancer 2013;60(8):1307-12

Psychometric properties of a short version of the HIV stigma scale, adapted for children with HIV infection
Wiklander M, Rydstrom Ll, Ygge Bm, Naver L, Wettergren L, Eriksson Le
HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES 2013;:195-

Psychometric properties of KIDSCREEN-27 among childhood cancer survivors and age matched peers: a Rasch analysis
Jervaeus A, Kottorp A, Wettergren L
HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES 2013;:96-

Self-reported quality of life in long-term survivors of childhood lymphoblastic malignancy treated with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation versus conventional therapy
Sundberg Kk, Wettergren L, Frisk P, Arvidson J
Pediatric blood & cancer 2013;60(8):1382-7

Health-related quality of life and needs of care and support of adult Tanzanians with cancer: a mixed-methods study
Masika Gm, Wettergren L, Kohi Tw, Von Essen L
Health and quality of life outcomes 2012;10():133-

Patients with genetic cancer undergoing surveillance at a specialized clinic rate the quality of their care better than patients at non-specialized clinics
Fritzell K, Eriksson Le, Bjork J, Sprangers M, Wettergren L
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY 2012;47(10):1226-33

Sense of Coherence and Need for Support Among Long-Term Survivors of Childhood Cancer
Sundberg Kk, Lampic C, Arvidson J, Wettergren L
CANCER NURSING 2012;35(4):E43-9

Sex Differences in Fertility-Related Information Received by Young Adult Cancer Survivors
Armuand Gm, Rodriguez-wallberg Ka, Wettergren L, Ahlgren J, Enblad G, Hoglund M, et al
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY 2012;30(17):2147-53

Comparing two versions of the Schedule for Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life in patients with advanced cancer
Wettergren L, Lindblad Ak, Glimelius B, Ring L
ACTA ONCOLOGICA 2011;50(5):648-52

Factors of importance for self-reported mental health and depressive symptoms among ages 60-75 in urban Iran and Sweden
Momeni P, Wettergren L, Tessma M, Maddah S, Emami A
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES 2011;25(4):696-705

Mode of administration only has a small effect on data quality and self-reported health status and emotional distress among Swedish adolescents and young adults
Wettergren L, Mattsson E, Von Essen L
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING 2011;20(11-12):1568-77

Self-Reported Abdominal Symptoms in Relation to Health Status in Adult Patients With Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
Fritzell K, Eriksson Le, Bjork J, Hultcrantz R, Wettergren L
DISEASES OF THE COLON & RECTUM 2011;54(7):863-9

Sexual function and experience among long-term survivors of childhood cancer
Sundberg Kk, Lampic C, Arvidson J, Helstrom L, Wettergren L
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER 2011;47(3):397-403

Long-Term Survivors of Childhood Cancer Report Quality of Life and Health Status in Parity With a Comparison Group
Sundberg Kk, Doukkali E, Lampic C, Eriksson Le, Arvidson J, Wettergren L
PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER 2010;55(2):337-43

Patients' Views of Surgery and Surveillance for Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
Fritzell K, Persson C, Bjork J, Hultcrantz R, Wettergren L
CANCER NURSING 2010;33(2):E17-23

Psychometric properties of the DISABKIDS Chronic Generic Module (DCGM-37) when used in children undergoing treatment for cancer
Af Sandeberg M, Johansson Em, Hagell P, Wettergren L
HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES 2010;:109-

Positive and negative consequences of childhood cancer influencing the lives of young adults
Sundberg Kk, Lampic C, Bjork O, Arvidson J, Wettergren L
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING 2009;13(3):164-70

The use, feasibility and psychometric properties of an individualised quality-of-life instrument: a systematic review of the SEIQoL-DW
Wettergren L, Kettis-lindblad A, Sprangers M, Ring L
QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH 2009;18(6):737-46

Health-related quality of life relates to school attendance in children on treatment for cancer
Af Sandeberg M, Johansson E, Bjork O, Wettergren L
JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY NURSING 2008;25(5):265-74

Quality of life before and one year following stem cell transplantation using an individualized and a standardized instrument
Wettergren L, Sprangers M, Bjorkholm M, Langius-eklof A
PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY 2008;17(4):338-46

A nationwide study of school attendance and socialization with friends among children undergoing cancer treatment
Af Sandeberg M, Johansson E, Bjork O, Wettergren L
PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER 2007;49(4):428-428

What consequences of childhood cancer do young adults consider important?
Wettergren L, Sundberg K, Bjork O, Lampic C
EJC SUPPLEMENTS 2007;5(4):428-428

What consequences of childhood cancer do young adults consider important?
Sundberg K, Bjork O, Lampic C, Wettergren L
PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER 2007;49(4):551-551

Hur paverkas livet av att ha familjar adenomatos polypos (FAP)? How does the familiar adenomatous polyposis affect life?
Fritzell K, Bjork J, Wettergren L
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY 2006;:49-49

Measuring health-related quality of life in adolescents and young adults: Swedish normative data for the SF-36 and the HADS, and the influence of age, gender, and method of administration
Jorngarden A, Wettergen L, Von Essen L
HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES 2006;:91-

Validation of an extended version of the SEIQoL-DW in a cohort of Hodgkin lymphoma' survivors
Wettergren L, Bjorkholm M, Langius-eklof A
QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH 2005;14(10):2329-33

Determinants of health-related quality of life in long-term survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma
Wettergren L, Bjorkholm M, Axdorph U, Langius-eklof A
QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH 2004;13(8):1369-79

Individual quality of life in long-term survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma - a comparative study
Wettergren L, Bjorkholm M, Axdorph U, Bowling A, Langius-eklof A
QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH 2003;12(5):545-54

An educational support program (ESP) for patients with hemtological malignancies and their relatives
Ingelsson B, Winterling J, Johansson E, Wettergren L, Sjoberg J
BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION 2002;:S278-S278

Post-traumatic stress symptoms in patients undergoing autologous stem cell transplantation
Wettergren L, Langius A, Bjorkholm M, Bjorvell H
ACTA ONCOLOGICA 1999;38(4):475-80

Physical and psychosocial functioning in patients undergoing autologous bone marrow transplantation - A prospective study
Wettergren L, Langius A, Bjorkholm M, Bjorvell H
BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION 1997;20(6):497-502

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