Resilience process in individuals with colorectal cancer: a qualitative study

Yun Jen Chou, Ya Ching Wang, Been Ren Lin, Shiow Ching Shun*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: Resilience is a positive outcome in giving individuals strength to adapt to cancer and have better various aspects of health-related quality of life. However, research focusing on resilience in relation to colorectal cancer (CRC) is limited. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the process of resilience in individuals with CRC. Method: Sixteen individuals diagnosed with stage Ι to III CRC within the last five years were recruited from a CRC surgical outpatient department in a medical center in Northern Taiwan. Semi-structured interviews were used to explore the resilience process of living with CRC. Recorded interviews were transcribed verbatim and were analyzed using modified grounded theory. Findings: Resilience is a dynamic three-phase process, including impact of CRC, adaptation or maladaptation following CRC, and growth from CRC experience. Resilience strategies (i.e., attitude adjustment, developing personal strategies to conquer CRC and side effects, setting new goals in life, and viewing death as a normal process), avoidance behaviors, and passive waiting strategy were shown across the resilience process. Conclusions: All individuals showed negative impacts during CRC diagnosis and treatments, but some individuals used the resilience strategies in helping to promote positive adjustment and redirect to develop their resilience process. Furthermore, resilient and maladaptive individuals may change the situation depending on which strategies are used and on the progression of CRC because resilience is dynamic. Oncology clinicians should help individuals use resilience strategies to smoothly go through the resilience process.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQuality of Life Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Qualitative research
  • Resilience process

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