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Support group participation during the post-operative radiotherapy period increases levels of coping resources among women with breast cancer.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
2012 (English)In: European Journal of Cancer Care, ISSN 0961-5423, E-ISSN 1365-2354, Vol. 21, no 5, 591-598 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Support group participation during the post-operative radiotherapy period increases levels of coping resources among women with breast cancer Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a traumatic experience that can elevate levels of distress and cause depletion of coping resources in many of the disease's victims. This non-randomised case-control study among breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy indicates that participation in a support group that focuses on communication and mutual sharing between its member's has positive effects and increases levels of coping resources assessed with the Coping Resources Inventory (CRI). Results of the CRI showed a significant difference between the study group and control group in the social domain at the second occasion of measurement (P= 0.007) and in the emotional domain at the third occasion (P= 0.028). Within the study group, over time, increased levels of coping resources reached significant levels concerning the emotional domain at the second occasion (P= 0.025). Conversely, coping resources were decreased in the same domain within the control group over time, at the third occasion (P= 0.053). Additionally, anxiety and depression were assessed using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, showing no difference between the groups. This study shows that participation in a support group during post-operative radiotherapy can be socially and emotionally strengthening because of the opportunity for the patients to mutually share experiences.

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2012. Vol. 21, no 5, 591-598 p.
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breast cancer, radiotherapy, support groups, coping resources
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Nursing Cancer and Oncology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-54365DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2012.01343.xISI: 000314038600004PubMedID: 22487421OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-54365DiVA: diva2:519249
Available from: 2012-04-24 Created: 2012-04-24 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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