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Lived experiences of women with recurring ovarian cancer.
Örebro universitet.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Palliative Research Centre, PRC. Karolinska institutet.
Örebro universitet.
Örebro universitet.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, E-ISSN 1532-2122, Vol. 18, no 1, 104-109 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Women with recurring ovarian cancer are living longer, due to advances in treatment options. They are now often outpatients, experiencing rapid encounters on treatment days. Whether this shift in care meets women's needs has been scarcely explored scientifically.

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to illuminate the phenomenon of living with recurring ovarian cancer as experienced by women in that condition.

METHODS AND SAMPLE: A descriptive phenomenological method was used. Eight open-ended interviews with four women were performed approximately three and five years after the first recurrence of ovarian cancer. During these years the women had repeated clinically and radiologically verified recurrence requiring chemotherapy.

KEY RESULTS: The phenomenon of living with recurring ovarian cancer meant that the women felt forced to pay attention to the failing body in order to avoid a potential breakdown. The growing limitation of their intermittent strength meant that strength had to be captured and protected. Sharing their lives with others was difficult, due to the different living conditions. The women found no space to mediate their experiences, either in close relationships or with health care professionals. But, the circumstances they lived under also generated a gratitude for the unexpected extra time.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings revealed that the four women were grateful to live a while longer, but needed to share their state of being. The findings are indeed directed to health care professionals, who need to provide a more patient-centred care to meet the women's needs.

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2014. Vol. 18, no 1, 104-109 p.
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Phenomenology, Recurring ovarian cancer, Outpatient chemotherapy
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-3696DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2013.08.002PubMedID: 24054734OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-3696DiVA: diva2:716428
Available from: 2014-05-09 Created: 2014-05-09 Last updated: 2015-11-04Bibliographically approved

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