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Women’s coping strategies during the first three months of adjuvant endocrine therapy for breast cancer

Journal article
Authors Susanne Ahlstedt Karlsson
Catarina Wallengren Gustafsson
Roger Olofsson Bagge
Ingela Henoch
Published in Nursing Open
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Surgery
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.430
Keywords breast cancer, coping strategies, endocrine treatment, experienced problems, oncological treatment, patient-reported experiences, stressful events
Subject categories Cancer and Oncology

Abstract

Abstract Aim: The aim was to explore stressful events, experienced problems and used coping strategies during the first three months of undergoing ET. Design: This study used a mixed method design. Methods: A consecutive sample of 39 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer were included at the start of their adjuvant endocrine therapy. A daily coping assessment was used to create daily reports about stressful events or experienced problems and coping strategies. Results: The most frequently reported physical problems were sleeping difficulties. Anxiety was the most reported emotional problem. Patients used both emotion-and problem-focused coping, and sleeping difficulties were coped by relaxing, and anxiety was coped by thinking about something else. Conclusions: Patients experienced a variety of stressful events or problems during the first three months of endocrine therapy. They also used several coping strategies to endure the treatment.

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