Experiences of living with colorectal cancer as a chronic illness: A systematic review and qualitative synthesis

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Abstract

Background: Due to advances in detection and treatment, over 65% of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer can expect to live for more than five years following treatment. Those living with colorectal cancer as a chronic illness are susceptible to a number of late effects such as, incontinence and fear of recurrence.
Aim: The aim of this study is to conduct a systematic review and qualitative synthesis to develop an understanding of the experiences of living with colorectal cancer as a chronic illness.
Methods: Electronic searches were conducted of online databases for peer-reviewed and grey literature. Included studies were qualitative and focussed on the experiences of patients living with colorectal cancer as a chronic illness. Potential articles were independently screened by two reviewers against the inclusion criteria. All searches were undertaken in August 2018.
Results: In total, searching returned 3,274 potential articles of which 2,613 were included in the first sift. The first sift of titles and abstracts was completed in September 2018, with 185 papers going forward to the second sift. Preliminary results indicate that approximately 50 papers will be included in the final review. Full results are expected in February 2019.
Conclusions: At this stage of the review it is clear that there is a wealth of qualitative literature exploring individuals’ experiences of living with colorectal cancer as a chronic illness. Furthermore, this literature covers a wide range of late effects of cancer which will provide us with a clearer picture of the ongoing impact of colorectal cancer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages11-12
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019
EventBritish Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference 2019 - Chester
Duration: 28 Feb 20191 Mar 2019

Conference

ConferenceBritish Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference 2019
CityChester
Period28/02/191/03/19

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