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I gränslandet mellan sjuk och frisk: En litteraturstudie om kvinnors upplevelser av sin livssituation efter bröstcancerbehandling
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
Between sickness and health : A literature study of women's experiences of their life situation after breast cancer treatment (English)
Abstract [en]

Background Every year, 8000 women in Sweden is diagnosed with breast cancer and it's the most common cancer among women worldwide. The chance to survive has increased since the breast cancer treatment methods have developed. The treatments can affect women both emotionally and physically and cause consequences long time after the treatment has ended.

Aim The aim of this study was to describe women's experiences of their life situation after completed breast cancer treatment.

Method The method used was a literature study based on ten qualitative research articles which results were analyzed according to Friberg´s five-step model. This method was used to get a better understanding about the experiences of affected women's life situation.

Results The themes were; To find strength from the disease, with the subthemes Sense of togetherness and A new life-force; A changed life, with the subthemes Physical and mental changes and To be on your own; To face everyday life, with the subthemes Sense of normalization and Experiences of their own recovery.

Conclusion The results showed that breast cancer affects women in their daily life and that it takes time to process the trauma of being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and going through a difficult treatment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 18
Keywords [en]
After care, breast neoplasm, experience, health, post treatment, perception survivors
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12865Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12865DiVA, id: diva2:1245585
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Nursing science
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Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-09-05 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved

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