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Breast Cancer: Current Research
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A Grounded Theory Exploring the Health Status Perceptions Shift of Women Living with Breast Cancer

Hébert Maude1*, Gallagher Frances2 and St-Cyr Tribble Denise2

1University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, 3351 Boul. des Forges. C.P. 500, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, G9A 5H7, Canada

2Nursing School, University of Sherbrooke, 3001, 12e Avenue Nord, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1H 5N4, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Hebert Maude
University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, 3351 Boul. des Forges. C.P. 500
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, G9A 5H7, Canada
Tel: 819-376-5011
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 28, 2016; Accepted date: June 16, 2016; Published date: June 30, 2016

Citation: Maude H, Frances G, Dennis SCT (2016) A Grounded Theory Exploring the Health Status Perceptions Shift of Women Living with Breast Cancer. Breast Can Curr Res 1:109. doi:10.4172/2572-4118.1000109

Copyright: © 2016 Maude H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a significant change in the health status of a person causing an internal process, a transition between health perceptions and disease reflects a social process. The methodology of grounded theory highlights the process. The purpose of this study is to propose a model of the transition from perceptions of women's health diagnosed with this cancer. 32 women at various times in the course of the disease have been encountered during semi-structured individual interviews. The results show that perceptions of health status are modulated throughout the course of the disease. Health becomes more valuable and cancer becomes surmountable. Women are redefining their health by not declaring patients with breast cancer and learning to live with a sword of Damocles over the head.


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