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Min levda kropp: Kvinnors upplevelser av förändringar i deras levda kropp i samband med bröstcancer
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences.
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences.
2020 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
My lived body : Women’s experiences of changes in their lived body when diagnosed with breast cancer (English)
Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund: Bröstcancer är vanligt i Sverige. Behandlingar vid bröstcancer leder till biverkningar som påverkar kvinnors levda kropp och sexualitet vilket skapar ett stort lidande. Det är sjuksköterskan ansvar att förebygga och lindra lidande. Det behövs en djupgående förståelse av patienters upplevelser vid bröstcancer för att sjuksköterska ska kunna bedriva en adekvat omvårdnad.

Syfte: Att belysa kvinnors upplevelse av förändring i sin levda kropp vid bröstcancer.

Metod: En beskrivande innebördsanalys av självbiografier.

Resultat: Det framkom en upplevelse av stympning efter mastektomi och en rädsla för håravfall. Det fanns en förlust av den kvinnliga identiteten. Orkeslöshet var vanligt efter behandlingarna vilket påverkade vardagen. Oro fanns över vad andra tyckte om den nya kroppen. Sexualiteten försämrades och påverkade den levda kroppen. Rörelseförmågan upplevdes sämre efter behandlingarna. Trots alla biverkningar fanns en acceptans hos kvinnorna för den nya kroppen.

Konklusion: Den levda kroppen och sexualiteten förändras vid bröstcancer och både den mentala och fysiska hälsan påverkas. Sjuksköterskan behöver prata och lyssna på patienten för att kunna ge en adekvat, personcentrerad vård.

Abstract [en]

Background: Breast cancer is common in Sweden. Breast cancer treatment results in side effects that affect their lived body and sexuality which cause tremendous suffering. The nurses’ responsibility is to prevent and relieve suffering. There is a need for a deeper understanding of patients’ experiences when diagnosed with breast cancer for the nurse to be able to give adequate care.

Aim: To illustrate women experiences of changes in their lived body when diagnosed with breast cancer.

Method: A qualitative study with descriptive content analysis of autobiographies.

Result: An experience of being maimed after going through a mastectomy and a fear of hair loss emerged. There was a lost of the female identity. It was common to feel lack of energy during the treatment which affected everyday life. There was a concern about others thoughts regarding the new body. Sexuality was impaired and it affected their lived body. The ability to move became partially impaired after the treatments. Despite all side effects women started to accept their new body.

Conclusion: The lived body and sexuality changes in connection with breast cancer. Both mental and physical health was impaired. The nurse needs to talk and listen to every patient to be able to give adequate, individual care.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2020. , p. 29
Keywords [en]
Breast cancer, Fatigue, Lived body, Sexuality, Suffering
Keywords [sv]
Bröstcancer, Fatigue, Levd kropp, Lidande, Sexualitet
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-18407OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-18407DiVA, id: diva2:1426386
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Nursing/Nursing Science
Educational program
Nursing - Study Programme
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Available from: 2020-04-24 Created: 2020-04-24 Last updated: 2020-04-24Bibliographically approved

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