• chronic illness;
  • patient experience;
  • theory;
  • impact of illness;
  • lay expertise;
  • quality of healthcare

Cancer as a chronic illness? Reconsidering categorization and exploring experience

This article explores the different ways that user experience is defined and conceptualized, and the various policy and professional contexts in which emphasis is placed on exploring users’ views. We go on to examine the experience of cancer as a chronic illness and argue that, although there are common features in the experience of cancer and people with chronic illness, the differences are too significant and cancer should not be defined as a chronic condition. We conclude with a consideration of the methodological difficulties of documenting user experience and identify the need for further methodological development.