European Journal of Breast Health
Original Article

Post-Traumatic Growth in the Early Survival Phase: From Turkish Breast Cancer Survivors’ Perspective

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Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, Turkey

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Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Üsküdar University, İstanbul, Turkey

Eur J Breast Health 2020; 16: 66-71
DOI: 10.5152/ejbh.2019.5006
Read: 249 Downloads: 117 Published: 31 December 2019

Objective: The purpose of this descriptive phenomenological study was to explore the nature of post-traumatic growth (PTG) in Turkish breast cancer survivors in the post-treatment first two years.

Materials and Methods: Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 13 breast cancer survivors. Data were collected between August 2015 and January 2016 in the medical oncology outpatient clinic of a university hospital in Turkey.

Results: Two main themes were identified. They are as follows: making sense of the cancer (questioning life and death and religious meaning) and positive restoring (changes in values and increased coping skills).

Conclusion: Health care professionals should be aware of these positive changes in the post-treatment period in accordance with aspects of PTG and they should be designed programs directed towards facilitating and enhancing post-traumatic growth in the breast cancer survivors.

Cite this article as: Şengün İnan F, Üstün B. Post-Traumatic Growth in the Early Survival Phase: From Turkish Breast Cancer Survivors’ Perspective. Eur J Breast Health 2020; 16(1): 66-71.

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