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Living with breast cancer - a challenge to expansive and creative forces.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12492466     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The aim of this qualitative case study is to obtain a deeper and more profound understanding of the life world of women living with breast cancer focusing particularly on changes in life perspective. The study is based on a series of interviews carried out within the space of one year and involving four women with breast cancer; each woman was interviewed four times. The participants were between 42 and 54 years of age; three of the four interviewed were in an advanced stage, with metastasis or recurrent breast cancer. There was an increased awareness of the relationship between life and death, which constituted a disclosure rather than an actual change in life perspective. The four women were 'opening up' to the beauty and the essentials in life and experienced an increased desire to live their life in accordance with their own values. Their revitalized view of life increased their desire for authenticity. When it proved impossible to live in accordance with new insights the women were particularly frustrated. From a caring perspective our findings suggest that an awareness of patients' increased openness to their own needs and desires is an important resource in the healing and rehabilitative process of breast cancer patients. The paradoxes and the struggles involved disguise a hidden potential for health.
Authors:
M Arman; A Rehnsfeldt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cancer care     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0961-5423     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cancer Care (Engl)     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-12-20     Completed Date:  2003-03-03     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301979     Medline TA:  Eur J Cancer Care (Engl)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  290-6     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
Department of Caring Science, Abo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland. maria.arman@bth.se
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adaptation, Psychological*
Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis,  psychology*
Controlled Clinical Trials as Topic / methods
Female
Humans
Middle Aged
Physician-Patient Relations
Quality of Life

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