Breast cancer patients' experiences of lymphoedema

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Breast cancer patients' experiences of lymphoedema. / Johansson, Karin; Holmstrom, H; Nilsson, I; Ingvar, C; Albertsson, Maria; Ekdahl, Charlotte.

I: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, Vol. 17, Nr. 1, 2003, s. 35-42.

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Johansson, K, Holmstrom, H, Nilsson, I, Ingvar, C, Albertsson, M & Ekdahl, C 2003, 'Breast cancer patients' experiences of lymphoedema', Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, vol. 17, nr. 1, s. 35-42. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1471-6712.2003.00119.x

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Johansson, Karin ; Holmstrom, H ; Nilsson, I ; Ingvar, C ; Albertsson, Maria ; Ekdahl, Charlotte. / Breast cancer patients' experiences of lymphoedema. I: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. 2003 ; Vol. 17, Nr. 1. s. 35-42.

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T1 - Breast cancer patients' experiences of lymphoedema

AU - Johansson, Karin

AU - Holmstrom, H

AU - Nilsson, I

AU - Ingvar, C

AU - Albertsson, Maria

AU - Ekdahl, Charlotte

N1 - The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Physiotherapy (Closed 2012) (013042000), Oncology, MV (013035000)

PY - 2003

Y1 - 2003

N2 - The aim of this study was to explore employed women's experiences of light or moderate arm lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment in order to gain a deeper understanding of this phenomenon. Twelve women took part in a semistructured interview. A qualitative method with a phenomenological approach was applied to analyse data. in order to integrate the experiences in the everyday life of the women, a critical incident method was used. The findings indicate that there are many different practical and psychosocial problems related to arm lymphoedema. Three main themes were common to all the women. These themes were: (i) Attitudes from people in their surroundings, including reactions to the problem from other people and reactions from the women on the attitudes of other people. (ii) Discovery and understanding of oedema as a chronic disease and its treatment. (iii) Coping, including both problem-focused and emotion-focused strategies. The problems integrated in daily life were of low frequency but of considerable importance to the women. In conclusion, it is of great importance that health care professionals should be aware of and have knowledge about these problems. The women's needs for expressing their experiences of arm lymphoedema may be encouraged at the time of discovery and then regularly as long as the women seek care. Efforts may be made to strengthen the women's coping skills, eventually in a multidisciplinary approach. The interaction skills of health care professionals are probably of great importance in strengthening the resources of the women leading to a positive outcome.

AB - The aim of this study was to explore employed women's experiences of light or moderate arm lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment in order to gain a deeper understanding of this phenomenon. Twelve women took part in a semistructured interview. A qualitative method with a phenomenological approach was applied to analyse data. in order to integrate the experiences in the everyday life of the women, a critical incident method was used. The findings indicate that there are many different practical and psychosocial problems related to arm lymphoedema. Three main themes were common to all the women. These themes were: (i) Attitudes from people in their surroundings, including reactions to the problem from other people and reactions from the women on the attitudes of other people. (ii) Discovery and understanding of oedema as a chronic disease and its treatment. (iii) Coping, including both problem-focused and emotion-focused strategies. The problems integrated in daily life were of low frequency but of considerable importance to the women. In conclusion, it is of great importance that health care professionals should be aware of and have knowledge about these problems. The women's needs for expressing their experiences of arm lymphoedema may be encouraged at the time of discovery and then regularly as long as the women seek care. Efforts may be made to strengthen the women's coping skills, eventually in a multidisciplinary approach. The interaction skills of health care professionals are probably of great importance in strengthening the resources of the women leading to a positive outcome.

KW - arm lymphoedema

KW - breast cancer

KW - qualitative study

KW - disease

KW - chronic

KW - coping

KW - interviews

U2 - 10.1046/j.1471-6712.2003.00119.x

DO - 10.1046/j.1471-6712.2003.00119.x

M3 - Article

VL - 17

SP - 35

EP - 42

JO - Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences

JF - Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences

SN - 1471-6712

IS - 1

ER -