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Adult nursing
Living a life, not an illness: the process of living well with advanced cancer
  1. Joanna Harrison1,
  2. Joan Devereux2
  1. 1 Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
  2. 2 Palliative Care Department, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston, UK
  1. Correspondence to Joanna Harrison, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK; jharrison12{at}uclan.ac.uk

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Commentary on: Arantzamendi M, Garcia-Rueda N, Carvajal A, et al. People with advanced cancer: the process of living well with awareness of dying. Qual Health Res 2018. doi: 10.1177/1049732318816298. [Epub ahead of print 12 Dec 2018].

Implications for practice and research

  • The process of living well with advanced cancer revolves around an ‘awareness of dying’. This leads to a focus on living a life rather than living an illness.

  • To support development of the theory, future research should explore its applicability in both a family perspective and different cultural contexts.

Context

Little is known about the process of living well with advanced cancer or how to support it.1 The study addresses this by collating the experiences of people living with advanced cancer and comparing them with the ‘Theory of Living Well with Chronic Illness’.2 The authors were familiar with the original theory and posed two questions: what is the process of living with advanced cancer and how might the theory be …

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