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A chance to live: women's experiences of living with a colostomy after rectal cancer surgery
Enterostomal-therapist, Division of Surgery, Sunderby Hospital.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6244-6401
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Nursing Practice, ISSN 1322-7114, E-ISSN 1440-172X, Vol. 16, no 6, p. 603-608Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to describe women's experience of living with a colostomy after rectal cancer surgery. Interviews with five women about their experiences were subjected to thematic content analysis. The findings showed that receiving a cancer diagnosis gave rise to thoughts about life and death. For the women to feel comfortable, the information and health-care measures need to focus on supporting them through the entire process, also when the treatment is completed. After the surgery, the women adjusted to living with colostomy and carried on as before the cancer diagnosis, but they constantly worried about leakage or flatulence. The women were happy to have survived the cancer and this realization helped them to accept and have a good life with colostomy. In conclusion, women with colostomy because of rectal surgery need specific rehabilitation and nursing care that focuses on adjustment to temporary or permanent changes in life.

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2010. Vol. 16, no 6, p. 603-608
Keywords [en]
Caring sciences - Nursing
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Vårdvetenskap - Omvårdnad
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Nursing
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-11767DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2010.01887.xISI: 000284963600010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78650160560Local ID: ac716310-5dda-11df-ab16-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-11767DiVA, id: diva2:984717
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Validerad; 2010; 20100512 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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