Against all odds: Australian women's experiences of recovery from breast cancer

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dc.contributor.author Elmir, R en_US
dc.contributor.author Jackson, Debra en_US
dc.contributor.author Beale, Barbara en_US
dc.contributor.author Schmied, Virginia en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-10T06:09:33Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-10T06:09:33Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier 2010002018 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Elmir R et al. 2010, 'Against all odds: Australian women's experiences of recovery from breast cancer', Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc, vol. 19, no. 17-18, pp. 2531-2538. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0962-1067 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/17055
dc.description.abstract Aim. The aim of this study was to generate insight into younger womena??s experiences of recovery from breast cancer-related breast surgery and to contribute to the knowledge base for clinicians practising in this field. Background. Despite the abundance of literature concerning the impact of breast cancer and breast loss on older women over 50 years of age, fewer studies have been conducted specifically with women younger than 50 years focusing on the recovery from breast cancer and related breast surgery. The effects of breast cancer on younger women differ to those of older women; younger women may have difficulty coming to terms with loss of fertility, perceived loss of femininity, sexuality and may experience body image disfigurement. Younger women may face these issues as a result of the treatment and surgery they have received to confine the breast cancer and attempt to improve their chances of survival. Design. A phenomenological qualitative methodology was used to capture the true essence and lived experience of four Australian women under the age of 50, who had undergone surgery as a result of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Methods. Tape-recorded semi-structured face-to-face interviews. Results. Thematic analysis revealed four major themes. These were a??It absolutely encompassed me,a?? a??Being overwhelmed,a?? a??Living with fear and uncertaintya?? and a??Finding strength within.a?? Conclusions. Findings of this study shed light on the experiences of recovery from breast cancer-related surgery in women under 50. Relevance to clinical practice. This research study will assist clinicians in understanding the needs of younger women undergoing breast cancer-related breast surgery, who may require counselling in relation to fertility and relationship issues and assistance in coping with the demands of work and home life. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03196.x en_US
dc.title Against all odds: Australian women's experiences of recovery from breast cancer en_US
dc.parent Journal Of Clinical Nursing en_US
dc.journal.volume 19 en_US
dc.journal.number 17-18 en_US
dc.publocation Malden en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 2531 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 2538 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 111000 en_US
dc.personcode 0000066823 en_US
dc.personcode 112168 en_US
dc.personcode 0000022621 en_US
dc.personcode 950008 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000280993800017 en_US
dc.description.keywords breast cancer; breast surgery; nursing; qualitative research; women's health; young women en_US
dc.staffid 950008 en_US


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