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Women's perceptions of their experiences with breast cancer: are their needs being addressed?

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Smyth, M, McCaughan, Eilis and Harrosson, S (1995) Women's perceptions of their experiences with breast cancer: are their needs being addressed? European Journal of Cancer Care, 4 (2). pp. 86-92. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2354.1995.tb00062.x/abstract

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.1995.tb00062.x

Abstract

Breast cancer is the major cause of female deaths in Western Europe. In the United Kingdom, one woman in 14 is liable to develop this disease. An increasing emphasis on recognizing survival from cancer and remission periods of up to 20 years for breast cancer has important implications for health-care professionals. Care and support should effectively meet patients’needs to enable them to cope with the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis.This paper provides an overview of selected literature on women's experiences of breast cancer. It places particular emphasis on their perceptions of the information they received about the disease and its treatment, and their perceptions of the support available to them.The overview illustrates the problem of inadequacies in the information and support currently available to women with breast cancer. The neccessity for a more comprehensive and sensitive assessment of these women's needs is emphasized and suggestions are made for the direction of future resarch in this area.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness
ID Code:17911
Deposited By:Professor Eilis McCaughan
Deposited On:06 Apr 2011 15:12
Last Modified:06 Apr 2011 15:12

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