Beyond survivorship? A discursive analysis of how people with pancreatic cancer negotiate identity transitions in their health

Gibson, Alexandra F., D'Cruz, Lourdes, Janda, Monika, Beesley, Vanessa L., Neale, Rachel E., & Rowlands, Ingrid J. (2015) Beyond survivorship? A discursive analysis of how people with pancreatic cancer negotiate identity transitions in their health. Journal of Health Psychology. (In Press)

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Abstract

We explored how people negotiate, and respond to, identity transitions following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Interviews with 19 people with pancreatic cancer were analysed using thematic discourse analysis. While discursively negotiating two transitions, “moving from healthy to ill” and “moving from active treatment to end-of-life care”, participants positioned themselves as “in control”, “optimistic” and managing their health and illness. In the absence of other discourses or “models” of life post-cancer, many people draw on the promise of survival. Moving away from “survivorship” may assist people with advanced cancer to make sense of their lives in a short timeframe.

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ID Code: 84576
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: survivorship, pancreatic cancer, quality of life, supportive care needs, qualitative research
DOI: 10.1177/1359105315592050
ISSN: 1461-7277
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
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Deposited On: 31 May 2015 23:12
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 05:57

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