"Jag är inte en hel kvinna längre": Kvinnors upplevelse av sin kropp efter bröstcancerkirurgi
Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"I am not a whole woman anymore" : Womens body image after breast cancer surgery (English)
Background: In Sweden, 7800 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. This means that one out of nine women will be affected during their life. To survive and defeat cancer becomes more common. The healthcare system shares a common goal, which is to prevent and cure diseases. Research continuously develops new means to improve and make the healthcare more efficient but the time after recovery are often neglected. Aim: The aim of the study was to enlighten women's experiences of their body after breast cancer surgery. Method: A literature-based method is used to bring out the women´s experiences of their body after breast cancer surgery. The results of the studies were analyzed using a qualitative content analysis consisting of five steps. The analysis resulted in three themes and six subthemes. Results: The results reveals that the majority of the women experience a feeling of reduced femininity after surgery, that the remaining scar evoke emotions and that they were concerned about their surroundings and partner's reactions. Conclusion: The study showed that the breast cancer surgery affected several aspects in life, e.g. the women felt suffering related to a feeling of reduced femininity and their body image became worse. The results indicates that age differences affects processing and reactions but no definite conclusion related to this could be drawn.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 15 p.
Body image, breastcancer, breast cancer surgery, femininity, suffering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9129Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9129DiVA: diva2:907240
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