Beyond survivorship? A discursive analysis of how people with pancreatic cancer negotiate identity transitions in their health

Gibson, Alexandra F., D'Cruz, Lourdes, Janda, Monika, Beesley, Vanessa L., Neale, Rachel E. and Rowlands, Ingrid J. (2015) Beyond survivorship? A discursive analysis of how people with pancreatic cancer negotiate identity transitions in their health. Journal of Health Psychology, 21 12: 3060-3071. doi:10.1177/1359105315592050


Author Gibson, Alexandra F.
D'Cruz, Lourdes
Janda, Monika
Beesley, Vanessa L.
Neale, Rachel E.
Rowlands, Ingrid J.
Title Beyond survivorship? A discursive analysis of how people with pancreatic cancer negotiate identity transitions in their health
Journal name Journal of Health Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-1053
1461-7277
Publication date 2015-07-20
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1359105315592050
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Issue 12
Start page 3060
End page 3071
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 3202 Applied Psychology
Abstract We explored how people negotiate, and respond to, identity transitions following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Interviews with 19 people with pancreatic cancer were analysed using thematic discourse analysis. While discursively negotiating two transitions, 'moving from healthy to ill' and 'moving from active treatment to end-of-life care', participants positioned themselves as 'in control', 'optimistic' and managing their health and illness. In the absence of other discourses or models of life post-cancer, many people draw on the promise of survival. Moving away from 'survivorship' may assist people with advanced cancer to make sense of their lives in a short timeframe.
Formatted abstract
We explored how people negotiate, and respond to, identity transitions following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Interviews with 19 people with pancreatic cancer were analysed using thematic discourse analysis. While discursively negotiating two transitions, ‘moving from healthy to ill’ and ‘moving from active treatment to end-of-life care’, participants positioned themselves as ‘in control’, ‘optimistic’ and managing their health and illness. In the absence of other discourses or models of life post-cancer, many people draw on the promise of survival. Moving away from ‘survivorship’ may assist people with advanced cancer to make sense of their lives in a short timeframe.
Keyword Cancer
Context
Coping
Critical health psychology
Illness
Qualitative methods
Survivorship
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID 1045247
442302
613654
Institutional Status UQ

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