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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Disrupted lives and threats to identity: The experiences of people with colorectal cancer within the first year following diagnosis
Authors: Hubbard, Gill
Kidd, Lisa
Kearney, Nora
Contact Email: gill.hubbard@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: colorectal cancer
biographical disruption
identity
cancer
experiences
experience
cancer services
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Hubbard G, Kidd L & Kearney N (2010) Disrupted lives and threats to identity: The experiences of people with colorectal cancer within the first year following diagnosis, Health, 14 (2), pp. 131-146.
Abstract: In this paper we focus on the experiences of 18 people with colorectal cancer, involved in a large longitudinal qualitative study to explore people’s experiences of cancer within the first year following diagnosis. Three depth interviews over the course of the year were carried out. During analysis, we drew on biographically informed approaches of understanding chronic illness, particularly the work of Bury (1982; 2001; 1991) and Charmaz (1994; 1983; 1995; 2002) to explore the extent to which people within the first year following diagnosis experience cancer as biographically disruptive. We explore the biographical work that individuals carry out in the context of an assault on their identity and discuss the relevance of the concept biographical disruption for people who experience cancer as an acute, chronic and/or life-threatening condition. We also discuss the concept’s relevance for people who have lived a hard life and, hence, may anticipate these types of disruptions in their lives and experience their impact differently. We conclude that universal application of the concept biographical disruption to the experience of cancer within the first year of diagnosis is not appropriate. This study has implications for cancer services, in particular, the findings call for the development of interventions to support those people who experience cancer as an assault on their identity.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/2105
URL: http://hea.sagepub.com/
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459309353294
Rights: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Health, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp. 131 - 146, 2010, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2010 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Health page: http://hea.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
Affiliation: Cancer Care Research Centre
Cancer Care Research Centre
Cancer Care Research Centre

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