The Experience of leukaemia and bone marrow transplant: searching for meaning and agency

Mary Carmen Xuereb, Rosemary Dunlop

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    Abstract

    This qualitative study examines the experience of haematological cancer as described by ten people who have been through leukaemia or lymphoma and a bone marrow transplant. The focus is on the interaction of these participants with this challenging experience and the meaning it had for them. The descriptions of their thoughts, feelings and actions as they negotiated the period from diagnosis to treatment and survival reveal that these people brought both the present values in their life, as well as a life-long pattern of dealing with adversity, into their confrontation of a life-threatening illness. Issues of personal meaning and agency (the capacity to act and control valued aspects of one's life) were found to be paramount. These results are then discussed with a view to their implications for patient care.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)397-409
    Number of pages13
    JournalPsycho‐Oncology
    Volume12
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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