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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Transitional experiences of women with breast cancer within the first year following diagnosis
Author(s): McCann, Lisa Ann
Cunningham, Nicola
Wengstrom, Yvonne
Hubbard, Gill
Kearney, Nora
Contact Email: l.z.mccann@dundee.ac.uk
Keywords: Biographical disruption
Breast cancer
Embodiment
Eperiences
Nurses
Nursing
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Blackwell
Citation: McCann LA, Cunningham N, Wengstrom Y, Hubbard G & Kearney N (2010) Transitional experiences of women with breast cancer within the first year following diagnosis, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 (13-14), pp. 1969-1976.
Abstract: Aims and objectives. To explore the experiences of 12 women with breast cancer, involved in a large longitudinal qualitativestudy designed to explore the experiences of people with cancer within the first year following diagnosis.Background. To understand experiences of breast cancer further as a chronic illness, this study draws on biographicallyinformed and embodied perspectives of chronic illness.Design. Qualitative, longitudinal study.Method. Interviews were conducted at three time-points within the first year following diagnosis with 12 women with breastcancer. Drawing on the constant comparative method, a descriptive and thematic approach to data analysis was adopted. Tomove beyond the descriptive level, we drew on the concepts of biographical disruption and embodiment to further explore andexplain the disruption that was evident in these women's lives as a result of their diagnosis.Results. Two key concepts emerged from the data: ‘Identity Transition: moving between health and illness' and ‘Making theTransition to the Future? Living with breast cancer and moving on'. Identity transition emerged as a result of the changes andadaptations participants were required to make as a result of their diagnosis. Making the transition to the future emerged as aresult of the challenges these women faced living with cancer.Conclusions. This study showed that the longitudinal exploration of the experiences of cancer within the first year followingdiagnosis provides a vital understanding of the impact cancer can have on one's identity from the moment of diagnosis onwards.Relevance to clinical practice. This study has implications for cancer services because it highlights the need for interventions thatsupport people to both successfully manage the experience of cancer diagnosis and treatment and equip themselves with thenecessary techniques to negotiate transitions towards the future and living with cancer.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/6714
URL: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?partnerID=yv4JPVwI&eid=2-s2.0-77955951404&md5=543244b4d272b1fdc6bfe893ad2ffcd2
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03134.x
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Affiliation: Cancer Care Research Centre
NMH Health - Stirling
Cancer Care Research Centre
Cancer Care Research Centre
NMH Research - Stirling

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