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Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1757-1936
  • E-ISSN: 1757-1944


Secondary lymphedema after cancer (SLC) lacks a strong presence within breast cancer survivorship discourses despite its notably high rates. Using arts-based research methods, an ethnodrama on SLC was developed with seven women living with SLC. We interviewed nine women with SLC about their responses to the ethnodrama in relation to their own experiences. Using a modified form of discourse analysis, we analysed parallel uses of metaphor within the ethnodrama and audience interviews, and argue for a discursive process of ‘conjoining bodies’, whereby SLC is constructed as a social body of suffering in order to combat marginalization within oncology. We suggest that these metaphors can have effects on the women’s practices of living with SLC and describe implications the ethnodrama and its reception have for wider recognition of SLC.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): cancer; disability; lymphedema; metaphor; theatre; women
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