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Coping with radiation therapy: strategies used by women with breast cancer
Division of Nursing Research, Departments of Oncology, Karloinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Oncology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Division of Nursing Research, Departments of Medicine, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; the Red Cross University College of Nursing and Health, Stockholm, Sweden.
2001 (English)In: Cancer Nursing, ISSN 0162-220X, E-ISSN 1538-9804, Vol. 24, no 4, 264-271 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe coping strategies used by women with breast cancer during and after radiation therapy. Content analysis was used to structure the statements provided by the patients in the Wheel Questionnaire. The patients used several problem- and emotion-focused strategies to cope with the treatment, and the strategies changed over time. Family and friends had a positive impact on the coping process for the three points of measurement: before treatment started, on completion of treatment, and 3 months after treatment. Contact with colleagues at work also provided the women with a sense of normalcy. The women used a broad spectrum of own activities to aid recovery, instead of leaving their treatment solely to medicine. The women also found that a hopeful and optimistic attitude was a helpful strategy for coping with the treatment.

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2001. Vol. 24, no 4, 264-271 p.
Keyword [en]
Oncology; Nursing
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Nursing
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36365DOI: 10.1097/00002820-200108000-00003ISI: 000170235900003PubMedID: 11502034Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0035262160OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-36365DiVA: diva2:745574
Available from: 2014-09-10 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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