“A peculiar time in my life”: making sense of illness and recovery with gynaecological cancer

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621846
Title:
“A peculiar time in my life”: making sense of illness and recovery with gynaecological cancer
Authors:
Phillips, Eleanor; Montague, Jane; Archer, Stephanie
Abstract:
Purpose: Worldwide there are nearly 1.1 million new cases of gynaecological cancer annually. In England, uterine, ovarian and cervical cancers comprize the third most common type of new cancer in women. Research with gynaecological cancer patients within 6 months of diagnosis is rare, as is data collection that is roughly contemporaneous with treatment. Our aim was to explore the experiences of women who were, at study entry, within 6 weeks of surgery or were undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Methods: An interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) of data from 16 women in five focus groups was conducted in the UK, exploring women’s experiences of being diagnosed with and treated for gynaecological cancer. Results: Participants conceptualized their experiences temporally, from the shock of diagnosis, through their cancer treatment, to thinking about recovery. They tried to make sense of diagnosis, even with treatment being complete. In the context of the Self-Regulation Model, these women were struggling to interpret a changing and multi-faceted illness identity, and attempting to return to pre-illness levels of health. Conclusions: This study adds to this under-studied time period in cancer survivorship. The results suggest that survivors’ goals may change from returning to pre-illness status to reformulating goals as survival time increases.
Affiliation:
University of Derby; Imperial College London
Citation:
Philips, E. et al (2017) '“A peculiar time in my life”: making sense of illness and recovery with gynaecological cancer', International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 12 (1):1364603.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Issue Date:
31-Aug-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621846
DOI:
10.1080/17482631.2017.1364603
Additional Links:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17482631.2017.1364603
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
17482631
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Psychological Research

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dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Eleanoren
dc.contributor.authorMontague, Janeen
dc.contributor.authorArcher, Stephanieen
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-11T08:45:44Z-
dc.date.available2017-09-11T08:45:44Z-
dc.date.issued2017-08-31-
dc.identifier.citationPhilips, E. et al (2017) '“A peculiar time in my life”: making sense of illness and recovery with gynaecological cancer', International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 12 (1):1364603.en
dc.identifier.issn17482631-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17482631.2017.1364603-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621846-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: Worldwide there are nearly 1.1 million new cases of gynaecological cancer annually. In England, uterine, ovarian and cervical cancers comprize the third most common type of new cancer in women. Research with gynaecological cancer patients within 6 months of diagnosis is rare, as is data collection that is roughly contemporaneous with treatment. Our aim was to explore the experiences of women who were, at study entry, within 6 weeks of surgery or were undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Methods: An interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) of data from 16 women in five focus groups was conducted in the UK, exploring women’s experiences of being diagnosed with and treated for gynaecological cancer. Results: Participants conceptualized their experiences temporally, from the shock of diagnosis, through their cancer treatment, to thinking about recovery. They tried to make sense of diagnosis, even with treatment being complete. In the context of the Self-Regulation Model, these women were struggling to interpret a changing and multi-faceted illness identity, and attempting to return to pre-illness levels of health. Conclusions: This study adds to this under-studied time period in cancer survivorship. The results suggest that survivors’ goals may change from returning to pre-illness status to reformulating goals as survival time increases.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17482631.2017.1364603en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-beingen
dc.subjectGynaecological canceren
dc.subjectFocus groupsen
dc.subjectWomen's healthen
dc.subjectInterpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)en
dc.subjectHealth experiencesen
dc.title“A peculiar time in my life”: making sense of illness and recovery with gynaecological canceren
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentImperial College Londonen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-beingen
dc.contributor.institutionPsychology, University of Derby, Derby, UK-
dc.contributor.institutionPsychology, University of Derby, Derby, UK-
dc.contributor.institutionNIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, Imperial College London, St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK-
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