The Landscape of One Breast: Empowering Breast Cancer Survivors through Developing a Transdisciplinary Intervention Framework in a Jiangmen Breast Cancer Hospital in China

Abstract

Women with Breast Cancer (WBC) in China need to pay much effort into resisting stigma, they suffer from bodily disfigurement and it will be unbeneficial for their mental and sexual health. However, related studies in this area are rare in China. The research objective is to understand what kinds of support should be contained in a transdisciplinary intervention framework (TIP) for Chinese WBC. The feminist participatory action research (FPAR) was adopted in this study. Oral history, Peer support group’s materials, and reflection meeting notes as important data. The findings revealed that forming a critical timeline for intervention is essential, Risk factors for coping are side effects, body image, fear of being stigmatized, and lack of personal care during hospitalization. Protective factors are the support of health professionals, spouses, and peers with the same experience, enhancing coping strategies, and reduction of symptom distress; all these are crucial for fighting breast cancer.



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Yuk Yee Lee Karen, Gratia Christian College, Hong Kong
Jian Ling Liang, Wuyi University, China

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Conference: ACSS2021
Stream: Social Work

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