09 October 2009
Knowing the Truth and Moving On
Testing positive for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer would be hard for any woman to bear, yet alone handle. “Living With Genetic Test Results for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer” by Journal of Nursing Scholarship gives an insight as of how a group of woman with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation cope over many years after genetic testing.
Between the years of 2002 and 2003, 29 women who tested for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) or Huntington disease completed interviews and agreed to do another interview later. Within the 29 participants includes 20 people who tested for HBOC and 9 people who tested for Huntington disease. The 20 individuals that were at risk for HBOC consisted of two groups, people that received a cancer diagnosis and ones who did not. (Note: the 9 individuals are included in this study because it is a grounded theory study, which was created to examine the social process by focusing on understandings and actions of all participants.)
Based on the interviews that were done, the results from interview number one were different from interview number two. For example, women were asked about their choices that they made after their genetic test. In interview number one, the women were unsure of their choices and how they would affect them later in life. In interview number two, the women found themselves changing their lifestyles by changing their diet and exercise habits. Overall, the results showed that most women were uncertain about their results and how to incorporate it into their everyday lives during interview number one. When interview two came around the women were more confident about their lives and how to cope with their results.
In this article, the Journal of Nursing Scholarship does a great job in holding a great sense of understanding patients with HBOC and how they become accustomed to those results in their everyday...