?Making the Best of It?: Chinese Women's Experience of Adjusting to Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163432
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
?Making the Best of It?: Chinese Women's Experience of Adjusting to Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Author(s):
Fu, Mei R.; Xu, Bo; Liu, Yang
Author Details:
Mei R. Fu, PhD, RN, CNS, Assistant Professor, New York University College of Nursing, New York, New York, USA, email: mf67@nyu.edu; Bo Xu, BS, RN; Yang Liu, BS, RN
Abstract:
Purpose: To describe Chinese women's experience of adjusting to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Background: Breast cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer in women in the mainland of China. The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer is a pivotal life-changing event that prompts individual to take immediate and ongoing adjustment to this life-threatening illness. Research in the western countries has identified that women's adjustment to breast cancer involves emotional/psychological, physical, and social dimensions. However, there is no study describing Chinese women's experience of adjusting to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in the mainland of China. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): A qualitative research design with a descriptive phenomenological method was used to develop a bracket, gathering data, and analyzing data. A convenience sample of 19 participants were recruited and interviewed at a large cancer center in Beijing, China. Data were the women's perceptions, actions, and intentions pertaining to their experience of adjusting to breast cancer. Data were analyzed to identify the essential structures of the experience using a descriptive data analysis. Results: Facing the life-threatening illness, the women tried to make the best of it. Seven essential structures that constitute the experience were identified, discussed with participants, and compared to the relevant literature: facing the reality of cancer diagnosis, staying away from negative comforters, sustaining myself, overcoming symptom distress from treatment, transferring my responsibilities, balancing relationships, and gaining insight into life. Conclusions and Implications: Chinese women initiated and continued their efforts to adjust to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment even when limited information and interventions were available to support their efforts. Chinese women needed interventions to provide information regarding breast cancer prognosis and treatment, to relieve symptom distress from treatment, and to promote ongoing adjustment. Future research should target on identifying and testing interventions that effectively promote Chinese women's adjustment to breast cancer.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
18th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Description:
�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.title?Making the Best of It?: Chinese Women's Experience of Adjusting to Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatmenten_GB
dc.contributor.authorFu, Mei R.en_US
dc.contributor.authorXu, Boen_US
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Yangen_US
dc.author.detailsMei R. Fu, PhD, RN, CNS, Assistant Professor, New York University College of Nursing, New York, New York, USA, email: mf67@nyu.edu; Bo Xu, BS, RN; Yang Liu, BS, RNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163432-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To describe Chinese women's experience of adjusting to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Background: Breast cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer in women in the mainland of China. The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer is a pivotal life-changing event that prompts individual to take immediate and ongoing adjustment to this life-threatening illness. Research in the western countries has identified that women's adjustment to breast cancer involves emotional/psychological, physical, and social dimensions. However, there is no study describing Chinese women's experience of adjusting to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in the mainland of China. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): A qualitative research design with a descriptive phenomenological method was used to develop a bracket, gathering data, and analyzing data. A convenience sample of 19 participants were recruited and interviewed at a large cancer center in Beijing, China. Data were the women's perceptions, actions, and intentions pertaining to their experience of adjusting to breast cancer. Data were analyzed to identify the essential structures of the experience using a descriptive data analysis. Results: Facing the life-threatening illness, the women tried to make the best of it. Seven essential structures that constitute the experience were identified, discussed with participants, and compared to the relevant literature: facing the reality of cancer diagnosis, staying away from negative comforters, sustaining myself, overcoming symptom distress from treatment, transferring my responsibilities, balancing relationships, and gaining insight into life. Conclusions and Implications: Chinese women initiated and continued their efforts to adjust to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment even when limited information and interventions were available to support their efforts. Chinese women needed interventions to provide information regarding breast cancer prognosis and treatment, to relieve symptom distress from treatment, and to promote ongoing adjustment. Future research should target on identifying and testing interventions that effectively promote Chinese women's adjustment to breast cancer.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:07:29Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:07:29Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.name18th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationCherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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