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.
- fear of recurrence
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health