The breast cancer patient's experience of making radiation therapy treatment decisions

Georgia Halkett, Paul Arbon, Sheila Scutter, Martin Borg

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    Abstract

    Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have many decisions to make during the course of their treatment. The aims of this paper are to describe the women’s experience of making radiation therapy treatment decisions for
    early breast cancer and to explore how women feel about receiving radiation therapy. An in-depth understanding of the
    women’s experience was developed using a qualitative research approach underpinned by hermeneutic phenomenology.
    In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 women who had completed treatment for early breast cancer. The themes
    that emerged from the data were: being challenged, getting ready, beyond control, regaining a sense of control and getting through it. This study provides health professionals with an initial understanding of the women’s perspective of the
    experience of making radiation therapy treatment decisions for early breast cancer. This study concludes by suggesting
    that further research needs to be conducted to gain an understanding of how other patients feel about treatment decisionmaking and radiation therapy
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-21
    Number of pages5
    JournalThe Radiographer
    Volume52
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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