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Living beyond cancer: using people's experiences to develop a resource as

  • Start date: 01 May 2012
  • End date: 30 April 2013

Cancer has become a treatable disease for many people; fifty per cent now survive more than five years after diagnosis. Although many resources are available to support people through the diagnosis and active treatment phases, relatively little research, and few resources, exist to help survivors to deal with life beyond the active treatment phase.

This project will use secondary thematic analysis of existing qualitative, social science informed interviews about people's experiences of long-term cancer survivorship to establish a new section of the award-winning www.healthtalkonline.org for those living with and beyond cancer, their families, friends and the health and social care professionals involved in their care and support. Forty interviews from a Cancer Research UK funded study of adults’ experiences of long term survivors of breast, colorectal and prostate cancer will be combined with interview data from long-term survivors of other types of cancer who participated in previous healthtalkonline studies, and re-analysed for the purpose of writing 20-25 summaries for the website on the issues that are most important to cancer survivors. The topic summaries will be illustrated with clips from the interviews in video, audio or text format. The website will be published by our project partners, the DIPEx charity.