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Cancer and beyond : the question of survivorship


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Breaden, Katrina 1995 , 'Cancer and beyond : the question of survivorship', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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In Australia, as in many other countries in the Western world, the five year
survival rate for persons diagnosed with cancer is now approaching 50 per
cent. Although there is a growing population of cancer survivors, little is
known about what surviving entails. Nurses usually do not feature in
survivors' lives, for survivors are mostly lost to our experience as they
leave the treatment merry-go-round. Traditionally, a survivor has been
defined as one who has been disease-free for a period of five years or
more. However, this definition in terms of linear time, does not reveal the
experience nor the process of survival. This process commences at the
point of diagnosis of cancer and continues for life.
The aim of this thesis is to present a phenomenological exploration of the
meanings and experiences of surviving cancer. Using a method of
hermeneutic phenomenology (as described by van Manen 1990), the study
draws on the stories of six women, who by their definition are surviving
cancer. Through research conversations, the women describe what this
experience has been like. A discussion of themes has been structured
according to the everyday experiences of living in a body and living in
time. The women describe a survival process that includes: feeling whole
again; the body as the house of suspicion; the future in question; changes
in time; lucky to be alive; and sharing the journey. The thrust of the work
is to deepen nurses' understandings of survivorship.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Breaden, Katrina
Keywords: Cancer, Cancer, Cancer
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Thesis (M.N.)--University of Tasmania, 1995. Includes bibliographical references

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