Bridging the Divide:The adjustment and decision-making experiences of people with dementia living with a recent diagnosis of cancer and its impact on family carers

Mcwilliams, Lorna and Swarbrick, Caroline and Yorke, Janelle and Burgess, Lorraine and Farrell, Carole and Grande, Gunn and Bellhouse, Sarah and Keady, John (2020) Bridging the Divide:The adjustment and decision-making experiences of people with dementia living with a recent diagnosis of cancer and its impact on family carers. Ageing and Society, 40 (5). pp. 944-965. ISSN 0144-686X

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Abstract

The risk of living with dementia and, separately, cancer, increases exponentially with age. However, to date, there is a paucity of research investigating the experiences of people living with both these conditions. This study used semi-structured interviews to explore the decision-making and treatment options for people who live with both dementia and cancer. In total, ten people living with both dementia and cancer (aged 39–93 years) and nine family carers were interviewed. Braun and Clarke's approach to thematic analysis was used together with framework matrices to organise the data. In this article four sequential and descriptive themes are presented. ‘Reaching a diagnosis of cancer’ describes the vital role that family carers play in encouraging the person with dementia to seek an explanation for their presenting (undiagnosed cancer) symptoms to their general practitioner. ‘Adjusting to the cancer diagnosis when living with dementia’ outlines a variety of emotional and practical responses to receiving news of the diagnosis. ‘Weighing up the cancer treatment options’ highlights the different decisions and circumstances that family carers and people living with both dementia and cancer are faced with post-diagnosis. ‘Undergoing cancer treatment’ shares the finding that cancer treatment decision-making was not straightforward and that people living with both dementia and cancer would often forget about their cancer and what procedures they had been through.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Ageing and Society
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https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/ageing-and-society/article/bridging-the-divide-the-adjustment-and-decisionmaking-experiences-of-people-with-dementia-living-with-a-recent-diagnosis-of-cancer-and-its-impact-on-family-carers/247BCAF3BAF1DEDCBC99C78A0FF57201 The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Ageing and Society, 40 (5), pp 944-965 2019, © 2019 Cambridge University Press.
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132221
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Deposited On:
22 Jun 2019 09:04
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Yes
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Published
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24 Oct 2020 06:22