Living through gynaecological cancer: three typologies
Journal of Clinical Nursing, 06/07/2012
Sekse RJT et al. – There are substantial differences regarding how women process the experience of cancer. The findings add valuable knowledge about the impact cancer can have on women’s lives and can be of help for nurses who support patients during treatment and follow–up.Methods
- Thirty-two unstructured in-depth interviews with 16 women were conducted.
- Each woman was interviewed twice: one year apart, and five and six years after treatment, respectively.
- Stepwise meaning condensation was used to analyse the data.
- Based on the women’s first-hand stories about their experiences with cancer, they identified three typologies, describing different ways in which the women negotiated encountering and living through cancer.
- These typologies are the emotion- and relationship-oriented women, the activity-oriented women and the self-controlled women.