Empowerment and stigmatisation: Patient organisations, gynaecological cancer and changing identities
Gynaecological cancers are often experienced as shameful because of their location in women’s reproductive and sexual organs. This stands in contrast to a prevailing cancer discourse of the empowered, optimistic and heroic cancer survivor. Patient organisations and other patients’
groups work to change how gynaecological cancers are perceived by improving support for involved patients and their relatives, and by influencing research, policy and medical practice.