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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sustaining hope and life courage in patients undergoing ovarian cancer surgery – the impact of care



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Sustaining hope and life courage in patients undergoing ovarian cancer surgery – the impact of care

 Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from a gynaecological malignancy in the Western World. To explore if experiences of physical comfort influenced hope and life courage during final diagnosis and early treatment, qualitative research interviews were performed with women undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer. By applying a phenomenological-hermeneutic methodology, the findings were systematically identified, put into meaning-structures, interpreted and critically discussed. The empirical material constituted a main theme concerning “Hope and life courage are created in the interplay between body and mind,” where findings dealt with personal reflections and experiences in relation to the subthemes: “Experiencing discomfort,” “The impact of care” and “Comfort and hope.” The women's general health condition became impacted not only by their ovarian cancer disease but also by the treatment, and it was a main finding that sufficient symptom management combined with sensitive attention of the patient sustained her hope, life courage and action competences. Surgery constitutes an essential part of sufficient cancer treatment. However, the diagnostic and pre-operative phase represents an insufficiently investigated area in cancer care. Improvements are therefore vital to reduce the disease burden, and improve patients' general health and quality of life, during and after treatment.

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