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Kvinnors upplevelse efter att ha fått diagnosen bröstcancer
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Women’s experiences after receiving the diagnosis breast cancer (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women, but the chance of survival increases. To receive the diagnosis breast cancer often comes as a chock and leads to anxiety, fear and suffering. As a nurse, it is important to have knowledge about the women’s experiences dealing with breast cancer in order to provide an individualized care and sufficient information to each patient. Aim: The aim of this study was to illuminate the woman’s experiences after receiving the diagnosis breast cancer. Method: A method of analyzing qualitative research is used to obtain the women's experiences of getting breast cancer. The result of the study were analyzed using a content analysis consisting of five steps. This resulted in three main themes and eight subthemes after analyzing 9 articles. Results: Receiving the diagnosis breast cancer resulted in fear, anxiety and depression among the women. Mastectomy as a form of treatment often resulted in an experience of incompleteness and the women felt less feminine. The result showed that the women has a great need for information and support from both healthcare professionals and relatives to cope with the difficult period of time. Conclusion: Breast cancer affected the women’s life, both mentally and physically and created major constraints and suffering in her everyday life. The women experienced a big need for information about treatments and how it can affect their bodies and appearance. Therefor, the nurse need to respond to the patient’s needs and provide the patient with sufficient information and be available as support throughout the care period.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 25
Keyword [en]
Breast cancer, information, mastectomy, suffering, support
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12275Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12275DiVA, id: diva2:1203230
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Nursing science
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Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-05-02 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved

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