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A qualitative exploration of physical and psychosocial well-being in the short and long term after treatments for cervical cancer

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posted on 2022-05-16, 09:55 authored by Nessa Millet, Esther L. Moss, Fehmidah MunirFehmidah Munir, Eva Rogers, Hilary McDermottHilary McDermott
Objective: Cervical cancer is predominantly a cancer of younger women, and improvements in oncological outcomes have led to an increase in cervical cancer survivors living with the long-term effects of treatment. Understanding the recovery process after treatment is essential to increase awareness of the short- and long-term needs of survivors. The aim of this study was to qualitatively explore the recovery process and return to daily activity of cervical cancers survivors from a biopsychosocial perspective. Methods: Participants were 21 women treated for cervical cancer between the ages of 18 and 60 years, living in the United Kingdom. Interviews were undertaken face to face and via the telephone using a semi-structured interview schedule. Results: Data analysis revealed themes which represented participants' experience and perceptions of treatment as a paradox; emotional needs after treatment; and a journey of adversarial growth. A key finding from this analysis was the nuanced experiences between treatment modalities, with physical changes perceived to be more disruptive following radical treatments, whilst psychological repercussions were significant regardless of treatment type. Conclusion: This study provides novel insight into the varied recovery experiences of those treated with surgery and/or chemoradiotherapy for cervical cancer, which can be used to improve the survivorship experience.

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Leicester Biomedical Research Centre

National Institute for Health Research

Loughborough University

Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership

Economic and Social Research Council

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

European Journal of Cancer Care

Volume

31

Issue

2

Publisher

Wiley

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Millet, N., Moss, E. L., Munir, F., Rogers, E., & McDermott, H. J. (2022). A qualitative exploration of physical and psychosocial well-being in the short and long term after treatments for cervical cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 31( 2), e13560. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13560, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13560. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.

Acceptance date

2022-01-26

Publication date

2022-02-15

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

0961-5423

eISSN

1365-2354

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Hilary McDermott. Deposit date: 6 May 2022

Article number

e13560

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