Objective: Research showed that ovarian cancer poses unique challenges to patients’ care experiences and that patients’ social networks could affect their care path significantly. The present study aimed to analyse the metaphors that patients used to signify the impact of the illness on their social relationships and the role of relationships in dealing with cancer. Design: Following a qualitative description approach we conducted 38 semi-structured interviews with Australian (14) and Italian (24) women diagnosed at different stages of ovarian cancer. Results: The analysis identified four themes bringing together the meanings expressed by participants’ metaphors: Lack of comprehension and communication; Isolation, marginalisation, and self-isolation; Discrepancy between the private and public self; and Social relationships as empowerment resources. Conclusion: The polysemic nature of patients’ metaphors captures both the empowering and especially disempowering role of social relationships in dealing with ovarian cancer. Results also show that metaphors are used to make sense of the impact of ovarian cancer on social relationships and to express different strategies for managing patients’ networks.

Montali, L., Brooker, J., Camussi, E., Davenport, P., Ronco, E., Shand, L., et al. (2023). The interplay between ovarian cancer and social relationships: an analysis of patients’ metaphors. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH [10.1080/08870446.2023.2180149].

The interplay between ovarian cancer and social relationships: an analysis of patients’ metaphors

Lorenzo Montali
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Elisabetta Camussi;Edoardo Zulato
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2023

Abstract

Objective: Research showed that ovarian cancer poses unique challenges to patients’ care experiences and that patients’ social networks could affect their care path significantly. The present study aimed to analyse the metaphors that patients used to signify the impact of the illness on their social relationships and the role of relationships in dealing with cancer. Design: Following a qualitative description approach we conducted 38 semi-structured interviews with Australian (14) and Italian (24) women diagnosed at different stages of ovarian cancer. Results: The analysis identified four themes bringing together the meanings expressed by participants’ metaphors: Lack of comprehension and communication; Isolation, marginalisation, and self-isolation; Discrepancy between the private and public self; and Social relationships as empowerment resources. Conclusion: The polysemic nature of patients’ metaphors captures both the empowering and especially disempowering role of social relationships in dealing with ovarian cancer. Results also show that metaphors are used to make sense of the impact of ovarian cancer on social relationships and to express different strategies for managing patients’ networks.
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Australia; Italy; metaphor; Ovarian cancer; patient; social relationships;
English
21-feb-2023
2023
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Montali, L., Brooker, J., Camussi, E., Davenport, P., Ronco, E., Shand, L., et al. (2023). The interplay between ovarian cancer and social relationships: an analysis of patients’ metaphors. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH [10.1080/08870446.2023.2180149].
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