Constructions of Cancer among Survivors in Bandung Cancer Society

Amalia Djuwita, Deddy Mulyana


People assume that cancer is a deadly disease. The communication gap between doctor and their patients results in incomplete information obtained by people with cancer. This research was conducted using a qualitative approach in order to explore the meaning of cancer for cancer sufferers in Bandung Cancer Society. Theories used as references are phenomenology and symbolic interactionism. The results of the study of 10 informants indicated that cancer is a very frightening disease; cannot be cured and there is no life expectancy; cancer is caused by unhealthy life style; and yet cancer increases acts of worship. All informants as cancer survivors made efforts to survive by following the doctor's advice. Another result of this study states that communication that takes place between cancer survivors and other fellow sufferers in Bandung Cancer Society can  change the view of cancer, motivate and raise the spirit of life.


cancer; communication; phenomenology; symbolic interaction; survivor



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