alexa “Everything Happened So Quickly” Living Through Events Immediately Before and After Initial Breast Cancer Diagnosis: An Exploratory Study of the Experiences of a Group of Women in Cape Town, South Africa
ISSN: 2167-0420

Journal of Womens Health Care
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Research Article

“Everything Happened So Quickly” Living Through Events Immediately Before and After Initial Breast Cancer Diagnosis: An Exploratory Study of the Experiences of a Group of Women in Cape Town, South Africa

Krishnavelh Kathleen Nadasen*

Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa

Corresponding Author:
Krishnavelh Kathleen Nadasen
Lecturer, University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Rd, Bellville
Cape Town, 7535, South Africa
Tel: 27 21 9592336
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: October 10, 2016; Accepted Date: July 20, 2017; Published Date: August 11, 2017

Citation: Nadasen KK (2017) “Everything Happened So Quickly” Living Through Events Immediately Before and After Initial Breast Cancer Diagnosis: An Exploratory Study of the Experiences of a Group of Women in Cape Town, South Africa. J Women's Health Care 6:381. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000381

Copyright: © 2017 Nadasen KK. 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.

Abstract

This article provides information on an aspect of the author’s research on colored women’s experiences of breast cancer and deals specifically with events immediately before and after the initial diagnosis. The experiences of this group of South African women have remained largely undocumented. Individual in-depth interviews were conducted with 30 colored women. Qualitative data were collected and analyzed using thematic content analysis. The main themes that emerged relate to the discovery of the lump, reaction time, response to diagnosis, the question of whether a lumpectomy or a mastectomy should be conducted, counseling and family reactions. The findings show, inter alia, that these women are not accorded sufficient time to deal with the magnitude of the diagnosis and that access to appropriate counseling is insufficient. This study has implications for health professionals and for women in general and suggests further areas of investigation within the field of breast cancer research.

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