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Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema in Hispanic Women: A Phenomenological Study
Journal of Transcultural Nursing (2019)
  • J.C. Acebedo
  • Barbara K Haas, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Melinda Hermanns
Introduction: Breast cancer–related lymphedema (BCRL), a long-term side effect of treatment, can occur at any point in time. With the extensive physical and psychological effects of BCRL, few studies have focused on the lived experience. The purpose of this study was to examine the lived experience of Hispanic women dealing with BCRL, particularly women of Mexican descent or origin.
Method: Using interpretive phenomenology, 13 Hispanic women with BCRL, 42 to 80 years, were individually interviewed. Data analysis was conducted using interpretive reading of field notes, journal entries, and transcribed interviews.
Results: Three central themes emerged from the findings, “sense of loss,” “resignation to the new self,” and “not knowing.” Further subthemes highlight the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of living with BCRL. Discussion: Cultural awareness of the impact BCRL has on activities of daily living of Hispanic women should be part of a holistic plan of nursing care when caring for this population.
  • breast cancer–related lymphedema,
  • phenomenology,
  • lived experience,
  • Hispanic women
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J.C. Acebedo, Barbara K Haas and Melinda Hermanns. "Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema in Hispanic Women: A Phenomenological Study" Journal of Transcultural Nursing Vol. 32 Iss. 1 (2019) p. 41 - 49
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