The transitional experience of women with newly diagnosed breast cancer

Villadsen Kristensen, Ingrid, Rasmussen, Bodil, Livingston, Patricia M, Meldgaard, Anette, Zerlang, Ida, Birkelund, Mikael and Henriksen, Jette 2019, The transitional experience of women with newly diagnosed breast cancer, Journal of nursing education and practice, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 23-31, doi: 10.5430/jnep.v9n6p23.

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Title The transitional experience of women with newly diagnosed breast cancer
Author(s) Villadsen Kristensen, Ingrid
Rasmussen, BodilORCID iD for Rasmussen, Bodil
Livingston, Patricia MORCID iD for Livingston, Patricia M
Meldgaard, Anette
Zerlang, Ida
Birkelund, Mikael
Henriksen, Jette
Journal name Journal of nursing education and practice
Volume number 9
Issue number 6
Start page 23
End page 31
Total pages 9
Publisher Sciedu Press
Place of publication Toronto, Ont.
Publication date 2019-06
ISSN 1925-4040
Keyword(s) Breast cancer
Psychosocial needs
Summary The aim of the study was to provide insights into the transitional experience of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer progressing to their primary treatment. The psychosocial impact of patients in the recovery phase after breast cancer treatment has been investigated in recent years, however, little is known about the transition experience and psychosocial needs of Danish breast cancer patients during the phase of transition from diagnosis to treatment. This study employed a qualitative descriptive design with data collection including 12 semi-structured interviews with women undergoing radiation-or chemotherapy treatment. The transcribed interviews were analysed which identified five main themes; 1) Uncertainty, 2) Sense of powerlessness, 3) Sustaining normality, 4) Worrying about the future, 5) Fortunate only having radiotherapy. Understanding care needs of women in transition, from diagnosis to treatment, and how it impacts on their lives, is essential to enable health professionals to tailor individualized care. Early support is critical to ensure that women understand step-by-step what is involved in the treatment and care and thereby to assist them towards a positive psychosocial trajectory.
Language eng
DOI 10.5430/jnep.v9n6p23
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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