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Cancer förändrar allt!: Kvinnans upplevelse av bröstcancer
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Programme.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Programme.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Cancer changes everything! : Woman's experiences of having breast cancer. (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: One of ten women in Sweden will at some point in her life get breast cancer. In today's society, more women than ever before suffer from breast cancer, but the chance of survival increases. As a nurse, it is important to have knowledge about the woman's experiences of breast cancer in order to provide as optimal and individualized care possible.

Aim: The aim of the study was to elucidate how the woman experience the first time with breast cancer.

Method: A literature-based method is used to bring out the woman´s experiences of getting breast cancer. The results of the studies were analyzed using a qualitative content analysis consists of five steps. The analysis resulted in four themes and twelve subthemes.

Results: The results showed that the woman are in great need of support, feeling anxiety and fear, experiencing an altered self-image, and that treatment hinders.

Conclusion: The conclusion showed that regardless of the situation, it was important for the woman that someone always was there for them as support. An important aspect was the need for information to reduce fear and anxiety. Breast cancer affecting the whole of the woman's lives and she strove to reclaim as much as possible of her previous life. This could be difficult because of fatigue and other major changes the woman experienced after the treatments, both physically and mentally.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 23 p.
Keyword [en]
Breast cancer, changes, fatigue, information, patients’ experiences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7824Local ID: EXO502OAI: diva2:843508
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Nursing science
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Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-07-29 Last updated: 2015-10-07Bibliographically approved

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