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Breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment affecting the self: A meta-synthesis
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1588-135X
Chamberlain Wilmoth, M., School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, United States.
2007 (English)In: Cancer Nursing, ISSN 0162-220X, Vol. 30, no 3, 194-202 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There has been a great deal of qualitative research conducted that has examined the impact of breast cancer on the Self, however, there has been little effort to analyze these findings from a meta-perspective. This study sought to fill this gap by conducting a meta-synthesis of the qualitative research on breast cancer and its treatments affecting the Self. Meta-method and meta-synthesis techniques were used to integrate findings across 30 qualitative research reports conducted between 1990 and 2003 with a total of 795 women, from several different countries.The fusions identified from this meta-synthesis revealed 4 aspects of the Self affected by the diagnosis of breast cancer and its treatment: awareness of their own mortality, living with an uncertain certainty, attachment validation, and redefinition of Self. These findings were validated through use of a comparison study. The women adapt to being a breast cancer patient, redefining their lives and their self. This study highlights the existential process that women of many cultures move through as they incorporate the meaning of breast cancer into their lives. Nurses who are aware of these processes are better able to link women with resources to help them in their adaptation to living with breast cancer. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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2007. Vol. 30, no 3, 194-202 p.
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Breast cancer, Qualitative meta-synthesis, Qualitative research
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-49865DOI: 10.1097/01.NCC.0000270707.80037.4cOAI: diva2:270761
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2013-09-12

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