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Att leva med bröstcancer: En litteraturbaserad studie
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To live with breast cancer : A literature-based study (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. The firstsymptom of breast cancer is usually a lump in the breast. Screening of the breasts is recommendedto all women 40 years old or over in Sweden. The most common treatment isoperation but treatment with cytostatic or radiation is also used. It is known that breastsurgery, especially removing the breast, can affect womens' self-image negatively. Nursesneeds to understand womens' experiences of living with breast cancer in order to apply goodnursing care.

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe womens' experiences of living with breast cancer.

Method: The method used was a literature study based on qualitative research according toFriberg (2017). Ten articles were analyzed and four themes and six sub-themes emerged.

Results: The main themes were Emotional chaos, Changed body perception, Changes ineveryday lifeand Life is in another way.

Conclusion: Breast cancer changed the afflicted womens' life in several different ways. It isthe nurse's responsibility to try to understand the womens' feelings and experiences and tosupport each woman in the way they need.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 18
Keywords [en]
Body image, breast cancer, changes, experience, women
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12311Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12311DiVA, id: diva2:1206563
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Nursing science
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Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2018-05-17 Created: 2018-05-17 Last updated: 2018-05-17Bibliographically approved

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