DESCRIPTION OF BREAST CANCER EXPERIENCE AMONG WOMEN ONE YEAR AFTER COMPLETION OF RADIATION THERAPY

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165152
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
DESCRIPTION OF BREAST CANCER EXPERIENCE AMONG WOMEN ONE YEAR AFTER COMPLETION OF RADIATION THERAPY
Author(s):
Pupkes, Jean; Hepburn, Ken
Author Details:
Jean Pupkes, MSN, RN, AOCN, APRN-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, email: jean.pupkes@northmemorial.com; Ken Hepburn
Abstract:
Topic: Breast cancer is the most prevalent female cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The American Cancer Society states 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is over 90%. Understanding the experience of women who have completed treatment may help facilitate recovery. Purpose: The study's purpose was to understand the experience for women with breast cancer one year after radiation therapy treatment. The data is an analysis of narratives included as part of an ongoing prospective, longitudinal study of women receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer. Thirty-three of the 69 women who completed the longitudinal study wrote narratives about their experience at the 12-month end point. They answered: "Is there anything else that you would like to tell us that might help us understand what your experience with breast cancer is like?" Framework: The philosophical underpinnings of phenomenology, which relies on descriptions to understand lived experience, served as the framework for the study. Methods: Van Kaam's phenomenological approach guided the analysis. The narratives were read to elicit the essence of the experience. Common themes were identified. Hypothetical definitions of the themes were generated and validated with the narratives to finalize structural definitions. To establish confirmability, the narratives were independently read by a second researcher and then jointly reread to identify areas of agreement and disagreement. Through discussion, themes were refined and narratives unrelated to the experience eliminated. Findings: Three main themes emerged: Lucky, Lurking and Living. Lucky is feeling fortunate and blessed, stating one is lucky, and exhibiting confidence of a successful outcome. Lurking is feeling that the cancer experience is lingering with an inability to move beyond that constant worry. Living acknowledges the difficulty of the cancer experience, while moving beyond the experience and engaging in normal living. Nurses can affirm the positive evaluations of women who have expressions of feeling Lucky or who have transitioned to Living. Women who describe breast cancer as Lurking one year following treatment, may benefit from strategies to assist in coping with the cancer experience. These women may need ongoing assistance with their recovery.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
31st Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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.titleDESCRIPTION OF BREAST CANCER EXPERIENCE AMONG WOMEN ONE YEAR AFTER COMPLETION OF RADIATION THERAPYen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPupkes, Jeanen_US
dc.contributor.authorHepburn, Kenen_US
dc.author.detailsJean Pupkes, MSN, RN, AOCN, APRN-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, email: jean.pupkes@northmemorial.com; Ken Hepburnen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165152-
dc.description.abstractTopic: Breast cancer is the most prevalent female cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The American Cancer Society states 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is over 90%. Understanding the experience of women who have completed treatment may help facilitate recovery. Purpose: The study's purpose was to understand the experience for women with breast cancer one year after radiation therapy treatment. The data is an analysis of narratives included as part of an ongoing prospective, longitudinal study of women receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer. Thirty-three of the 69 women who completed the longitudinal study wrote narratives about their experience at the 12-month end point. They answered: "Is there anything else that you would like to tell us that might help us understand what your experience with breast cancer is like?" Framework: The philosophical underpinnings of phenomenology, which relies on descriptions to understand lived experience, served as the framework for the study. Methods: Van Kaam's phenomenological approach guided the analysis. The narratives were read to elicit the essence of the experience. Common themes were identified. Hypothetical definitions of the themes were generated and validated with the narratives to finalize structural definitions. To establish confirmability, the narratives were independently read by a second researcher and then jointly reread to identify areas of agreement and disagreement. Through discussion, themes were refined and narratives unrelated to the experience eliminated. Findings: Three main themes emerged: Lucky, Lurking and Living. Lucky is feeling fortunate and blessed, stating one is lucky, and exhibiting confidence of a successful outcome. Lurking is feeling that the cancer experience is lingering with an inability to move beyond that constant worry. Living acknowledges the difficulty of the cancer experience, while moving beyond the experience and engaging in normal living. Nurses can affirm the positive evaluations of women who have expressions of feeling Lucky or who have transitioned to Living. Women who describe breast cancer as Lurking one year following treatment, may benefit from strategies to assist in coping with the cancer experience. These women may need ongoing assistance with their recovery.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:13:27Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:13:27Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.name31st Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationBoston, Massachusetts, USAen_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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