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Living with breast cancer: Its effect on the life situation and the close relationship of women in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1588-135X
2007 (English)In: Cancer Nursing, ISSN 0162-220X, E-ISSN 1538-9804, Vol. 30, no 6, 471-478 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer induces adverse effects. In this interpretive phenomenological study, 11 Brazilian women diagnosed and treated for breast cancer were interviewed. Data included audiotaped interviews where the women's lived experiences were articulated. Data were interpreted through Heidegger's existential phenomenology. Themes that were found were interrelated and presented the essential structure of the essence the women were living-living side by side with the phantom of death. The 4 themes that were interpreted and identified were as follows: gaining a positive attitude for life, wanting to be recognized as a woman with certain needs, considering body image/self-image, and making efforts to hide. The findings of the study point out the importance of the fact that illness elicits more than fitting the body into traditional community expectations or surrendering the body to professional medicine. Even with all the deep changes in their lives and changed life priorities, the women want to carry on and live the best life they could. To put this idea in the front line makes the difference for the transition of these women. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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2007. Vol. 30, no 6, 471-478 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-40969DOI: 10.1097/01.NCC.0000300157.83144.fbLocal ID: 54784OAI: diva2:261818
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2014-01-10Bibliographically approved

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