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The experience of persistent pain in adult cancer survivors: a qualitative evidence synthesis

The experience of persistent pain in adult cancer survivors: a qualitative evidence synthesis
The experience of persistent pain in adult cancer survivors: a qualitative evidence synthesis
Objective
This qualitative evidence synthesis aimed to identify, review and synthesise qualitative research describing the experience of persistent pain in adult cancer survivors.

Methods
A systematic literature search was conducted between December 2007 and June 2019. Data synthesis followed Thomas and Harden's (2008) method of thematic synthesis.

Results
Four studies were identified, together incorporating findings from 52 female breast cancer survivors. Six themes were generated as follows: (a) interwoven relationship between experience of cancer and persistent pain, (b) lack of preparedness and support for persistent pain, (c) physical impact of persistent pain, (d) employing coping strategies, (e) emotional experience of persistent pain and (f) conceptualisation of persistent pain.

Conclusions
Persistent pain is intrinsically interwoven with women's experiences of cancer. Persistent pain was unexpected, and women did not feel supported. Women need more information about persistent pain after cancer treatment and support with self‐management of pain. Ways to best support cancer survivors with persistent pain need exploration and a review of currently available services is required. More research is needed to understand the experiences of men and other cancer groups.
cancer, cancer survivor, chronic pain, living with and beyond cancer, persistent pain
0961-5423
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Armoogum, Julie
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Harcourt, Diana
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Foster, Claire
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Llewellyn, Alison
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McCabe, Candida S.
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Armoogum, Julie
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Foster, Claire
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Llewellyn, Alison
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McCabe, Candida S.
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Armoogum, Julie, Harcourt, Diana, Foster, Claire, Llewellyn, Alison and McCabe, Candida S. (2020) The experience of persistent pain in adult cancer survivors: a qualitative evidence synthesis. European Journal of Cancer Care, 29 (1), 1-12, [e13192]. (doi:10.1111/ecc.13192).

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Abstract

Objective
This qualitative evidence synthesis aimed to identify, review and synthesise qualitative research describing the experience of persistent pain in adult cancer survivors.

Methods
A systematic literature search was conducted between December 2007 and June 2019. Data synthesis followed Thomas and Harden's (2008) method of thematic synthesis.

Results
Four studies were identified, together incorporating findings from 52 female breast cancer survivors. Six themes were generated as follows: (a) interwoven relationship between experience of cancer and persistent pain, (b) lack of preparedness and support for persistent pain, (c) physical impact of persistent pain, (d) employing coping strategies, (e) emotional experience of persistent pain and (f) conceptualisation of persistent pain.

Conclusions
Persistent pain is intrinsically interwoven with women's experiences of cancer. Persistent pain was unexpected, and women did not feel supported. Women need more information about persistent pain after cancer treatment and support with self‐management of pain. Ways to best support cancer survivors with persistent pain need exploration and a review of currently available services is required. More research is needed to understand the experiences of men and other cancer groups.

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Accepted/In Press date: 31 October 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 November 2019
Published date: January 2020
Keywords: cancer, cancer survivor, chronic pain, living with and beyond cancer, persistent pain

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Local EPrints ID: 437815
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437815
ISSN: 0961-5423
PURE UUID: fa1560d6-80eb-4f0d-9c2b-72a334f43b6c
ORCID for Claire Foster: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4703-8378

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Date deposited: 19 Feb 2020 17:31
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 05:51

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Author: Julie Armoogum
Author: Diana Harcourt
Author: Claire Foster ORCID iD
Author: Alison Llewellyn
Author: Candida S. McCabe

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