Josephine M Hegarty

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PURPOSE To develop a better understanding of the term "sexuality" in the context of gynaecological cancer and to examine the applicability of Woods (1987) conceptual framework of sexuality when examining changes in sexuality following a gynaecological cancer diagnosis. METHODS A comprehensive search for literature focusing on sexuality in gynaecological(More)
AIM To identify the extent of delay and the factors influencing women in seeking help from a health care professional on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context. BACKGROUND Breast cancer is the most common malignancy among women in the developed world. In Ireland, 2700 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and over 900 die from it(More)
PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH The aim of the study was to explore women's Help Seeking Behaviour (HSB) for a self discovered breast symptom, in order to gain understanding of women's experience of finding a breast symptom and how this influenced their HSB. In addition, the study sought to confirm the appropriateness of the "Help Seeking Behaviour & Influencing(More)
PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH The aim of this study was to provide a retrospective view of men's experiences of the prostate cancer treatment journey from initial diagnosis through to completion of their surgery and beyond. METHOD AND SAMPLE A qualitative, descriptive design was employed. A volunteer sample (n = 8) of men 15 years or less post radical(More)
BACKGROUND Prostate cancer continues to be the most common site of male cancers, particularly among older men in Europe and the United States, and the second most common male cancer worldwide. Active surveillance involves the use of no local or systemic therapy once prostate cancer has been diagnosed. A description of uncertainty and quality of life among(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To define help seeking and identify a theoretical framework to explain the help-seeking process of patients with self-discovered cancer symptoms. DATA SOURCES Literature published in English from 1998-2008. DATA SYNTHESIS Findings highlighted gender's role in help-seeking behavior. Delayed help seeking for cancer symptoms was common,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Uncertainty is an aversive experience and plays an important role in the lives of men undergoing active surveillance (AS; earlier referred to as watchful waiting) for early-stage prostate cancer. Yet reliable and valid measures of uncertainty have not been fully tested in this population. This secondary analysis therefore tested the(More)
BACKGROUND The lack of evidence regarding the effectiveness of treatment options for clinically localised prostate cancer continues to impact on clinical decision-making. Two such options are radical prostatectomy (RP) and watchful waiting (WW). WW involves providing no initial treatment and monitoring the patient with the intention of providing palliative(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To investigate sexual self-concept, sexual relationships, and sexual functioning, and the relationship between these and certain demographic variables of Irish women, following a diagnosis of gynecologic cancer. DESIGN Descriptive, correlational. SETTING Outpatient gynecologic oncology clinic in a large university hospital in Southern(More)
BACKGROUND Peer support programs are associated with the provision of emotional, informational, and appraisal support. The benefits of peer support for women with breast cancer include reduced social isolation, enhanced coping, and access to information. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to conduct a pre- and post-program evaluation of a 7-week(More)