An exploration of the existential experiences of patients following curative treatment for cancer: Reflections from a UK sample

Brian T Stollery, Manus Moynihan, Anna Lagerdahl

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Abstract

The existential experiences associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment is well researched, but the post-treatment phase is relatively under-explored. Using semi-structured interviews and theory led thematic analysis this qualitative study investigated the existential experiences of eight cancer survivors who had successfully completed curative treatment. Many similarities existed between survivor’s experiences and those currently undergoing treatment and being in remission led to deep existential reflections, with some survivors facing considerable challenges that impacted on their emotional well-being. Understanding cancer survivors' existential challenges should enable healthcare professionals to engage with the emerging shift from the predominantly medically focused post-treatment care to a more holistic approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-575
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2014

Structured keywords

  • Brain and Behaviour

Keywords

  • cancer
  • existential
  • curative
  • posttreatment
  • meaning
  • psychosocial oncology care

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