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Re-finding the Path: An Exploration of the Illness Narratives of Young Adults with Cancer

Curry, Laura (2013) Re-finding the Path: An Exploration of the Illness Narratives of Young Adults with Cancer. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)


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In the U.K., six young adults per day receive a diagnosis of cancer. However, treatment provisions differ between Great Britain, where there are a range of Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) units and Northern Ireland (NI), where currently young adults are treated on either child or adult wards. This is in spite of growing literature for the need of specialised units, and the continuing vocalisation by young people of their discomfort with non-specialised wards. This research had four objectives. To explore the treatment variations for young adults, to look at the process of affiliation, to explore how cancer impacts on the life story and the feelings associated with post-treatment. Frank (1995) argued that in order to understand an illness experience an illness narrative is needed. By using narrative methods, these aims were explored by interviewing one young adult from NI about her cancer experience, by speaking to TCT service providers, and by analysing 3 stories available online from young adults who were treated in specialised units. The analysis found that the most significant difference between Britain and NI was support post-treatment. Survivorship becomes a key issue for young adults finishing treatment, and may aid with the re-establishment of a ‘path’ forward

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