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Falling ill and surviving breast cancer: the experience of mastectomized woman

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Pereira, Cíntia Mourão; Pinto, Bruna Knob; Muniz, Rosani Manfrin; Cardoso, Daniela Habekost; Wexel, Wanessa Pasolius

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Abstract Objective: The study aims to know the experience of mastectomized woman face to falling ill and surviving breast cancer. Method: It is a qualitative study, carried out with five women that have survived breast cancer, were mastectomized, had a high degree of resilience and were treated at the Oncology Unit of the Teaching Hospital in southern Brazil. Data collection has occurred at home, from august to October 2011, through semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis. The ethical aspects were respected. Results: The experience of cancer was permeated by many feelings for these women, but they have found strength in the support of their family, friends, religion and faith. After the treatments, they have sought alternative ways to survive with quality. Conclusions: Nursing has a key role in evaluating needs of the mastectomized woman and contributing to her social reintegration
Keywords woman; cancer; surgery; caregiving; social support; quality of life; psychological stress; family; coping behavior; Brazil
Classification Medicine, Social Medicine
Free Keywords Neoplasia; Mastectomy; Survival
Document language Portugese
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 3837-3846
Journal Revista de Pesquisa: Cuidado é Fundamental Online, 5 (2013) 2
DOI 10.9789/2175-5361.2013v5n2p3837
ISSN 2175-5361
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Free Digital Peer Publishing Licence