Reconceptualizing Cancer Survivorship Through Veterans’ Lived Experiences Academic Article uri icon


  • This study assessed the biopsychosocial impact of cancer on Veteran older adult survivors by garnering their accounts of their illness experiences. A narrative analysis of 73 cancer diagnosis and treatment stories reveals five “paths” Veterans are taking 18 months postdiagnosis. These paths indicate that cancer survivorship cannot be conceptualized as a one-size-fits-all experience but rather is a process of Veterans understanding and making sense of the effects of cancer on their lives. Our future goal is to develop a screening tool to help clinicians identify a patient's “path" to tailor survivorship care to meet specific needs.

author list (cited authors)

  • Martin, L. A., Moye, J., Street, R. L., & Naik, A. D.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • May 2014