Portraits of cancer survivorship. A glimpse through the lens of survivor's eyes

Betty R. Ferrell, Karen Hassey Dow

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Cancer survivorship is a tumultuous experience of balancing the elation of surviving life-threatening illness with the demands of chronic health concerns and altered life meaning. Increased awareness of the needs of cancer survivors is enhanced by large studies of this growing population, but also by appreciation of individual stories of survivorship. 'Portraits' of survival, in the form of personal narratives, contribute to our understanding of the experience of cancer. Select portraits from a study exploring quality of life in cancer survivorship are shared to convey themes of rendering an old life, transition to a different life, and living an altered life after cancer diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-80
Number of pages5
JournalCancer practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1996


  • psychological well-being
  • psychosocial needs
  • quality of life
  • survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Oncology


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