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Regard sur l’expérience de vivre avec le cancer : Le cancer comme occasion de changement chez des personnes âgées de 60 à 73 ans

  • Joanie Gagnon (a1), Anouk Utzschneider (a1) and André Doyon (a2)
Abstract

It is possible for individuals with a diagnosis of cancer to see the illness as an opportunity to change and to make certain decisions that could improve their chances of recovery. We aimed, through qualitative research, to understand the experience of cancer in older adults through new behaviors and habits, intentions to change and maintenance of old behaviors and habits in the context of the disease. Our participants were 10 people aged 60 to 73 with a diagnosis of cancer. The majority of participants expressed intentions to change or adopted new behaviors or habits. Relatives had very little influence on participant’s choices and participants did not seek information on cancer or ways to contribute to healing. However, they were very receptive to the recommendations made by physicians.

Il est possible pour les individus ayant reçu un diagnostic de cancer de concevoir la maladie comme une occasion de changement et de prendre certaines décisions qui pourraient améliorer leurs chances de guérison. Nous avons voulu comprendre l’expérience du cancer chez les personnes âgées à travers les agirs nouveaux, les intentions d’agir et le maintien des agirs antérieurs dans le contexte de la maladie à l’aide d’une recherche qualitative. Le groupe de participants était composé de 10 personnes âgées de 60 et 73 ans atteintes de cancer. La majorité des participants ont manifesté des intentions d’agir ou ont adopté de nouveaux agirs. L’entourage avait très peu d’influence sur les choix et les participants n’ont pas cherché à obtenir par eux-mêmes de l’information sur le cancer ou sur des façons de contribuer à la guérison. Ils ont toutefois été très réceptifs aux recommandations des médecins.

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Correspondence and requests for reprints should be sent to / La correspondance et les demandes de tirés-à-part doivent être adressées à: Joanie Gagnon, B.Psy. (Candidate à la maîtrise en travail social) École de travail social Université de Moncton, campus de Moncton Moncton, NB E1A 3E9 (ejg8518@umoncton.ca)
Anouk Utzschneider, PhD (auteur de correspondance) Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick Université de Moncton, campus de Moncton Moncton, NB, E1A 3E9 Canada (Anouk.utzschneider@umoncton.ca)
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Nous tenons à remercier la Fondation de l’Arbre de l’espoir et le Réseau de santé Vitalité pour leur contribution financière à ce projet. Nous remercions également le personnel de l’Auberge Mgr.-Henri-Cormier pour leur accueil et Dre Diane Pruneau, professeure à l’Université de Moncton, pour sa contribution intellectuelle.

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