LIFE DISRUPTIONS FOLLOWING BREAST CANCER
Loughborough University, UK & Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Thirty six breast cancer survivors (17 Romanian and 19 English) with a mean age of 58 years took part in in-depth interviews relating to life disruptions following the diagnosis. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. The resultant themesreflected illness continuum challengessuch asthe breast loss, clothings and use of cosmetic purchases, sexuality, fear of recurrence, devaluation, lack of medical information and stigmatisation. The trajectory of breast cancer survivorship is a mobile process and there is a variety of needs and challenges defined by the nature of psychological adaptation to the new social status as survivor which should be encompassed in intervention development.
Cuvinte cheie: cancer mamar, supraviețuire, calitativ, cercetare participativă
Keywords: breast cancer; survivorship; qualitative; participatory research
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