2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Breast Cancer/Lymphedema Survivorship and Meaning-Making of Illness
Jennifer L. Dine
Dr. Stephen Hadwiger and Dr. Jane M. Armer (University of Missouri-Columbia), Faculty Mentors

For many breast cancer survivors, secondary lymphedema is a life-affecting co-morbidity. This qualitative study implements a content analysis of the narratives of five South African breast cancer/lymphedema survivors to elucidate the process of meaning-making of illness. Interviews were conducted on site in South Africa. Experiences are compared and contrasted through development of categories, patterns, and overarching themes. The themes elicited from the narrative texts of these survivors will then be compared to results of a content analysis involving participants from the United States for further exploration. Acknowledgments: Research supported by funding from NIH R01 NR05432 awarded to University of Missouri-Columbia; MU PRIME # PRM-01-007 (2001-2007); and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Research Funds (J. M. Armer, PI); and Grant Number 3 R01 NR05342-04S1 awarded to University of Missouri-Columbia as a diversity supplement to J. L. Dine (S.C. Hadwiger and J.M. Armer, mentors).

Keywords: lymphedema, breast cancer, nursing

Topic(s):Nursing

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 11-1
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15

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