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Health Care Women Int. 2001 Jan-Feb;22(1-2):99-114.

Older women with breast cancer: new understandings through grounded theory research.

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  • 1McMaster University School of Nursing, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. crooksd@McMaster.ca

Abstract

Breast cancer incidence increases by decade of life, significantly affecting the lives and well-being of older women. In a critical analysis of three decades of quantitative and qualitative research literature. I found an indication that something changed over the course of time that allowed women to adjust to breast cancer and resolve emotional turmoil. However, it was not clear what was "adjusted," or what constituted the process that allowed women to restore meaning within illness. In this paper I discuss the benefits of using a grounded theory approach in the study of older women with breast cancer. A brief overview of the study is given for context. The main focus of this paper is on the contributions of grounded theory research to new understandings of the cancer experience for older women. Contrary to findings in the quantitative literature, this study raised awareness of several issues: the myth of burden in researching older women, willingness to participate in decision making around treatment, ageism, and positive collusion in communication with health professionals.

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