Experiencing one's body after a diagnosis of cancer-a phenomenological study of young adults.
2010 (English)In: Psycho-Oncology, ISSN 1057-9249, E-ISSN 1099-1611, Vol. 19, no 8, 863-869 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Young adults with cancer are still in the process of shaping their lives and are therefore at a vulnerable stage. Altered body image may change how patients cope with the disease and impact rehabilitation capacity.Objective: To describe the essence of how young adults with cancer experience their bodies.Methods: Interviews (12 informants), transcribed verbatim. Analysis: Giorgi's phenomenological method.Results: Identified themes: experience of 'physical body change', 'discomfort', 'the body at the moment without reflecting on the disease and treatment', 'body image' and 'grasping the illness'. Essences: The body as the bearer of life; conflict between age and disease; manifest changes in appearance, physically and mentally; the body no longer a whole; the body as influenceable and able to recover and heal.Conclusions: These patients undergo physical and mental changes that affect their self-image and health-related life quality. Thus, future studies need to explore interventions that may enhance the individualś perception of their body.
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John Wiley & Sons, Ltd , 2010. Vol. 19, no 8, 863-869 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52431DOI: 10.1002/pon.1632ISI: 000280897400009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-52431DiVA: diva2:282224