Cancer and communication: similarities and differences of men with cancer from six different ethnic groups
Article first published online: 29 APR 2004
European Journal of Cancer Care
Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 154–162, May 2004
How to Cite
PAPADOPOULOS, I. and LEES, S. (2004), Cancer and communication: similarities and differences of men with cancer from six different ethnic groups. European Journal of Cancer Care, 13: 154–162. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2004.00448.x
- Issue published online: 29 APR 2004
- Article first published online: 29 APR 2004
- Accepted 30 July 2003
- emotional support;
- social support;
- spiritual belief;
This paper reports the communication aspects of a pilot study, which explored the cancer meanings and experiences of six men with cancer and their significant others from different ethnic groups. A case study design was applied using the principles of phenomenology. In-depth semi-structured individual interviews were conducted in participants’ own homes, in London, UK. This paper will only deal with the communication aspects of the findings.
Ten themes emerged from the comparative analysis of the study's data, with communication as a cross-cutting theme. Further analysis of this theme revealed similarities and differences of the participants’ experiences of communicating with health professionals; families or friends; and God/Allah. In addition, similarities and differences in communicating meanings of cancer in different cultures were revealed. The findings revealed similarities in the way that men from these six cultures communicate with health professionals and their families following a diagnosis of cancer, and differences in how they communicated with God/Allah, which depended on their religious beliefs and practices.