The experiences, needs and concerns of younger women with breast cancer: a meta-ethnography

Adams, Eike, McCann, Lisa, Armes, Jo, Richardson, Alison, Stark, Daniel, Watson, Eila and Hubbard, Gill (2010) The experiences, needs and concerns of younger women with breast cancer: a meta-ethnography. Psycho-Oncology, 20, (8), 851-861. (doi:10.1002/pon.1792). (PMID:20597066).


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Objective: This meta-ethnography synthesises the evidence on the experiences, needs and concerns of younger women with breast cancer.

Methods: Using a method called reciprocal translation we developed a conceptual model to reflect the local and social contexts, issues, processes, needs and concerns of importance in this literature.

Findings: Key findings relate to the particular point in the life-course at which young women with breast cancer stand. Issues for these women relate to feeling different as a result of cancer, fear of recurrence, feeling out of sync and altered embodied subjectivity. Young women with breast cancer use three processes to integrate the changes that cancer brings, namely, balancing, normalising and changing. Our conceptual model also highlights young women's needs, primarily for support, information, childcare, counselling and spiritual support. Areas of reproduction, fertility and sexuality were also of particular concern. The included papers have methodological limitations that impact on our findings, such as opportunistic data analyses, lack of theoretical frameworks and limited reference to socio-cultural factors.

Conclusion: The conceptual model developed as a result of this meta-ethnography provides a basis for practitioners to address these young women's concerns more adequately and comprehensively.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1002/pon.1792
ISSNs: 1057-9249 (print)
1099-1611 (electronic)
Keywords: cancer, oncology, breast, young adults, meta-ethnography
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 161353
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
30 June 2010Made publicly available
August 2011Published
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2010 11:06
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:28

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