'A new normal with chemobrain': Experiences of the impact of chemotherapy-related cognitive deficits in long-term breast cancer survivors

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Cross, Ainslea and Baraniak, Amy 2019. 'A new normal with chemobrain': Experiences of the impact of chemotherapy-related cognitive deficits in long-term breast cancer survivors. Health Psychology Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/2055102919832234
AuthorsCross, Ainslea and Baraniak, Amy
Abstract

Chemobrain is one of the most commonly reported side-effects of cancer treatment. However, there is limited research into its psychosocial concomitants. This study aimed to explore the long-term lived experience of chemobrain. Interpretative phenomenological analysis allowed an in-depth investigation of 12 breast cancer survivors suffering from perceived cognitive deficits at least 1-year post-treatment. Themes were organised around the illness representations framework. Commonly reported cognitive deficits related to memory, language and processing speed, which affected participants' sense of identity and their interactions with others. Individual experiences were mediated by health beliefs regarding controllability, validation and impairment trajectory.

Keywordsbreast cancer; illness perceptions; cognitive; qualitative methods
Year2019
JournalHealth Psychology Open
PublisherSage
ISSN20551029
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/2055102919832234
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623808
hdl:10545/623808
Publication dates01 Jan 2019
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Deposited31 May 2019, 12:30
Accepted01 Jan 2019
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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