A qualitative insight into self-management experience among Chinese breast cancer survivors

Huilin Cheng, Janet W.H. Sit, Karis K.F. Cheng

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Background: With increasing awareness in the chronic nature of cancer, promoting the engagement of breast cancer survivors in self-management has become a priority of cancer care reform initiatives. This study aimed to reveal Chinese breast cancer survivors' views and experiences of self-management in extended survivorship. Methods: Archived interview transcripts from 19 breast cancer survivors (<5 years since diagnosis) were subjected to a secondary analysis. Each transcript was re-examined through qualitative content analysis. Results: Three categories were established to represent the perceptions of the participants on their self-management tasks related to health and well-being, emotions, and roles and relationships. Managing health and well-being covers modifying lifestyle, taking traditional Chinese medicine, attending regular follow-ups, managing symptoms, and adhering to hormonal therapy. Managing emotions involves maintaining a positive attitude and utilizing supportive resources. Managing roles and relationships comprises adjusting to life as cancer survivors, maintaining marital relationships, and performing familial and other social roles. Conclusions: Most participants actively participated in various self-management tasks and behaviors that can help improve their health and prevent cancer recurrence. They may exhibit optimal self-management in their emotions and most health aspects but may exert limited efforts in managing their different roles during survivorship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1044-1049
Number of pages6
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • cancer
  • Chinese
  • fear of recurrence
  • oncology
  • self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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