Restoring embodied control following surgical treatment for colorectal cancer: A longitudinal qualitative study

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Taylor et al (2010) conducted a nurse led study aimed at understanding the process of recovery for individuals recovering from curative colorectal cancer surgery.


Sixteen participants who had received curative treatment for colorectal cancer were interviewed on up to four occasions during the 12 months following their surgery, 62 interviews were conducted in total. The researchers concluded that clinicians provide opportunities to openly discuss the possibility of cancer recurrence, assessing individual fears and offering suggestions on possible coping strategies to lessen the associated distress. These were reported by individuals as essential supportive activities enabling transition to life beyond cancer.