2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Is There Anything Else You Would Like to Tell Us? Breast Cancer Survivors' Insights Following Treatment
Jennifer L. Dine
Dr. Stephen Hadwiger and Dr. Jane M. Armer (University of Missouri-Columbia), Faculty Mentors

As breast cancer survivorship rates improve, adverse treatment effects will present post-treatment challenges to survivors. Lymphedema poses one of these challenges, impacting psychosocial well-being, family adaptation, and individuals’ health-related perceptions. The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify themes expressed by breast cancer survivors with or without lymphedema in response to the open-ended question, “Is there anything else you would like to tell us about breast cancer or lymphedema?” These narrative data were derived from a parent study employing Armer’s biobehavioral model of breast cancer lymphedema, conceptualizing the objective and subjective dimensions of lymphedema. This analysis in progress will reveal if elicited themes vary among breast cancer survivors with or without lymphedema and over time. Further study is warranted as preliminary findings suggest breast cancer treatment continues to impact overall wellness of breast cancer survivors over time. Grant Number 3 R01 NR05342-04S1 awarded to University of Missouri-Columbia

Keywords: Breast Cancer, Lymphedema, Oncology, Nursing

Topic(s):Nursing

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 2-39
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15 pm

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