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dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Eleanor
dc.contributor.authorMontague, Jane
dc.contributor.authorArcher, Stephanie
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-11T00:30:25Z
dc.date.available2022-03-11T00:30:25Z
dc.date.issued2017-12
dc.identifier.issn1748-2623
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/334863
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.
dc.format.mediumPrint
dc.publisherInforma UK Limited
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectGynaecological cancer
dc.subjectfocus groups
dc.subjecthealth experiences
dc.subjectinterpretative phenomenological analysis
dc.subjectwomen’s health
dc.subjectAdaptation, Psychological
dc.subjectAdult
dc.subjectAged
dc.subjectFemale
dc.subjectFocus Groups
dc.subjectGenital Neoplasms, Female
dc.subjectGoals
dc.subjectHumans
dc.subjectLife
dc.subjectMiddle Aged
dc.subjectQualitative Research
dc.subjectSurvivors
dc.subjectSurvivorship
dc.subjectThinking
dc.subjectUnited Kingdom
dc.title"A peculiar time in my life": making sense of illness and recovery with gynaecological cancer.
dc.typeArticle
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Public Health And Primary Care, The Primary Care Unit
dc.date.updated2022-03-09T11:58:55Z
prism.issueIdentifier1
prism.publicationDate2017
prism.publicationNameInt J Qual Stud Health Well-being
prism.startingPage1364603
prism.volume12
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.82300
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1080/17482631.2017.1364603
rioxxterms.versionVoR
dc.contributor.orcidArcher, Stephanie [0000-0003-1349-7178]
dc.identifier.eissn1748-2631
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2017-08-31
cam.depositDate2022-03-09
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pubs.licence-display-nameApollo Repository Deposit Licence Agreement


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