2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165644
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Transcending Breast Cancer
Author(s):
Coward, Doris
Author Details:
Doris Coward, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas-Austin, School of Nursing, Austin, Texas, USA, email: dcoward@mail.utexas.edu
Abstract:
The diagnosis of cancer initiates a period of spiritual disequilibrium for most women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Previous research in women with both early stage and advanced breast cancer revealed that their sense of aloneness and loss triggered new perspectives and behaviors characteristic of self-transcendence. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe how the process of self-transcendence may be facilitated in women following initial diagnosis of breast cancer. Self-transcendence as conceptualized by Viktor Frankl and Pamela Reed involves expansion of self-conceptual boundaries inwardly, outwardly toward others and new experiences, and temporally by using past memories and future hopes to enhance a present situation. The 14 study participants were a subset of 161 women recruited for a cancer support group study. Seven participants attending various community cancer support groups were compared over time with seven others participating in an eight-session breast cancer support group intervention in which self-transcendence views and behaviors were consciously promoted. Audiotaped interviews (obtained at baseline, and three and eight months later) were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using Colaizzi's phenomenological analysis techniques. Standard procedures to assure trustworthiness were implemented. Women described experiences that facilitated maintenance/restoration of emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. At first, they struggled to maintain their "normal" self-identity. Through reaching out to others for information and support, and using faith resources for support and hope, most women realized they had developed beyond their previously "normal" selves. Later, they accepted their breast cancer experience and described the newly found relationships with themselves and with others as helping them to heal emotionally and spiritually. Women in the intervention support groups developed new perspectives and behaviors earlier than other participants, but all women described reaching beyond previous self-conceptual boundaries to achieve a more positive view of themselves and their life purpose. This process of self-transcendence may be how women who believe they are cancer victims are transformed to find positive meaning as cancer survivors. Oncology nurses can assist in the process by encouraging women with newly diagnosed breast cancer to obtain resources that help them to expand previous self-conceptual boundaries.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2003
Conference Name:
28th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Denver, Colorado, USA
Sponsors:
Funded by NIH (NINR & NCCAM)
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.

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTranscending Breast Canceren_GB
dc.contributor.authorCoward, Dorisen_US
dc.author.detailsDoris Coward, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas-Austin, School of Nursing, Austin, Texas, USA, email: dcoward@mail.utexas.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165644-
dc.description.abstractThe diagnosis of cancer initiates a period of spiritual disequilibrium for most women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Previous research in women with both early stage and advanced breast cancer revealed that their sense of aloneness and loss triggered new perspectives and behaviors characteristic of self-transcendence. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe how the process of self-transcendence may be facilitated in women following initial diagnosis of breast cancer. Self-transcendence as conceptualized by Viktor Frankl and Pamela Reed involves expansion of self-conceptual boundaries inwardly, outwardly toward others and new experiences, and temporally by using past memories and future hopes to enhance a present situation. The 14 study participants were a subset of 161 women recruited for a cancer support group study. Seven participants attending various community cancer support groups were compared over time with seven others participating in an eight-session breast cancer support group intervention in which self-transcendence views and behaviors were consciously promoted. Audiotaped interviews (obtained at baseline, and three and eight months later) were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using Colaizzi's phenomenological analysis techniques. Standard procedures to assure trustworthiness were implemented. Women described experiences that facilitated maintenance/restoration of emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. At first, they struggled to maintain their "normal" self-identity. Through reaching out to others for information and support, and using faith resources for support and hope, most women realized they had developed beyond their previously "normal" selves. Later, they accepted their breast cancer experience and described the newly found relationships with themselves and with others as helping them to heal emotionally and spiritually. Women in the intervention support groups developed new perspectives and behaviors earlier than other participants, but all women described reaching beyond previous self-conceptual boundaries to achieve a more positive view of themselves and their life purpose. This process of self-transcendence may be how women who believe they are cancer victims are transformed to find positive meaning as cancer survivors. Oncology nurses can assist in the process by encouraging women with newly diagnosed breast cancer to obtain resources that help them to expand previous self-conceptual boundaries.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:22:23Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:22:23Z-
dc.conference.date2003en_US
dc.conference.name28th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationDenver, Colorado, USAen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipFunded by NIH (NINR & NCCAM)-
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.-
All Items in this repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.