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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2001 Nov;17(4):279-83.

The meaning of illness to a long-term survivor.

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  • 1Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences, the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To review the ways in which cancer survivors find meaning in their illness experiences.

DATA SOURCES:

Research literature and professional and personal experiences.

CONCLUSIONS:

Survivors confront a number of issues as they try to find a place for their cancer experience in their lives and adopt different approaches to cope with their survivorship.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Nurses can assist cancer survivors to find meaning in their illness experience by understanding the symptoms and issues associated with survival.

PMID:
11764713
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