The study explored the experience of fatigue, its effects and ways of coping with fatigue and the role of family and social support among breast cancer patients. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 breast cancer patients stages I–III, aged 34–67, who were up to one year after the termination of chemotherapy. Two main themes emerged: “Being imprisoned in the body of an 80-year-old,” focuses the fatigue experienced by younger and older women, during and post treatment, including the different patterns of fatigue and the various means of coping with fatigue; The “Family's bear-hug” exemplifies the role of the environment in coping with the experience of fatigue and the complexities entailed in receiving support from family and friends. The study provides a comprehensive picture of fatigue in its various contexts during and post-treatment and its impact on family relations and quality of life among younger and older breast cancer patients.
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- breast cancer
- cancer survivors
- qualitative research
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health