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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163522
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Managing Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Survivors
Author(s):
Fu, Mei
Author Details:
Mei Fu, PhD, RN, CNS, Assistant Professor, New York University, Division of Nursing, New York, New York, USA, email: mf67@nyu.edu
Abstract:
Purpose: Approximately 20 to 40% of the women treated for breast cancer have experienced lymphedema. Lymphedema greatly impacts breast cancer survivors' quality of life. Lymphedema is a chronic condition that cannot be cured and requires daily and lifelong interventions to control symptoms and prevent exacerbations. The purpose of this study was to describe the essential structures of the experience of managing lymphedema. Methods: A Husserlian descriptive phenomenological method was used as a guide for developing a bracket, gathering data, and analyzing data. A cross-sectional design with a two-stage sampling technique was employed. Twelve breast cancer survivors were recruited. Three private, semi-structured, audio-recorded interviews were completed with each woman. Results: A taxonomy of three levels was created to describe the essential structures of the experience from general, to mediating, to specific: revelatory intention, cluster intention, and intention. The study revealed that the women's major intentions of managing lymphedema were to prevent lymphedema from getting worse, accept lymphedema, integrate the care of lymphedema into daily lives, and find a way to face the curious public. The four revelatory intentions revealed the essential structures of how the breast cancer survivors structured their lives to manage lymphedema. Conclusions and Implications: The four revelatory intentions revealed the essential structures of how the breast cancer survivors structured their lives. The study provided a more reflective, broader, and deeper understanding of the experience of managing lymphedema. Findings of the study present an alternative to the compliance paradigm. In future research and practice, instead of merely evaluating the degree of breast cancer survivors' compliance with treatment, scholars and clinicians should also assess presence or absence of the intentions through which the breast cancer survivors structure their lives to carry out their daily lymphedema care.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2005
Conference Name:
17th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
New York, New York, USA
Description:
�Translational Research for Quality Health Outcomes: Affecting Practice and Healthcare Policy�, held on April 7th -9th at the Roosevelt Hotel, New York
Note:
This 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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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleManaging Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Survivorsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFu, Meien_US
dc.author.detailsMei Fu, PhD, RN, CNS, Assistant Professor, New York University, Division of Nursing, New York, New York, USA, email: mf67@nyu.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163522-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: Approximately 20 to 40% of the women treated for breast cancer have experienced lymphedema. Lymphedema greatly impacts breast cancer survivors' quality of life. Lymphedema is a chronic condition that cannot be cured and requires daily and lifelong interventions to control symptoms and prevent exacerbations. The purpose of this study was to describe the essential structures of the experience of managing lymphedema. Methods: A Husserlian descriptive phenomenological method was used as a guide for developing a bracket, gathering data, and analyzing data. A cross-sectional design with a two-stage sampling technique was employed. Twelve breast cancer survivors were recruited. Three private, semi-structured, audio-recorded interviews were completed with each woman. Results: A taxonomy of three levels was created to describe the essential structures of the experience from general, to mediating, to specific: revelatory intention, cluster intention, and intention. The study revealed that the women's major intentions of managing lymphedema were to prevent lymphedema from getting worse, accept lymphedema, integrate the care of lymphedema into daily lives, and find a way to face the curious public. The four revelatory intentions revealed the essential structures of how the breast cancer survivors structured their lives to manage lymphedema. Conclusions and Implications: The four revelatory intentions revealed the essential structures of how the breast cancer survivors structured their lives. The study provided a more reflective, broader, and deeper understanding of the experience of managing lymphedema. Findings of the study present an alternative to the compliance paradigm. In future research and practice, instead of merely evaluating the degree of breast cancer survivors' compliance with treatment, scholars and clinicians should also assess presence or absence of the intentions through which the breast cancer survivors structure their lives to carry out their daily lymphedema care.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:09:01Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:09:01Z-
dc.conference.date2005en_US
dc.conference.name17th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationNew York, New York, USAen_US
dc.description�Translational Research for Quality Health Outcomes: Affecting Practice and Healthcare Policy�, held on April 7th -9th at the Roosevelt Hotel, New Yorken_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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