Transition to breast cancer survivorship: A longitudinal qualitative follow-up study of two-year survivors

Robin M. Lally, Meghan L. Underhill

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Abstract

This article reports on a qualitative, longitudinal follow-up of a cohort of breast cancer survivors through which their pretreatment psychological adjustment thought processes and behaviors were compared with those 2 years following diagnosis. Analysis revealed five interrelated themes reflecting changing thought processes and behaviors over time. Quantitative measures of psychological adjustment at 2 years were consistent with the qualitative findings in some respects; however, the concepts measured by these tools were inconsistent with themes identified through qualitative analysis. Findings support a need to study ways to assess women's psychosocial needs and intervene to support adjustment among 2-year breast cancer survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-127
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

Keywords

  • adjustment
  • breast cancer
  • longitudinal
  • qualitative
  • survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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