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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 (2011) The experiences, needs and concerns of younger women with breast cancer: a meta-ethnography Psycho-Oncology, 20, (8), pp. 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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 30 June 2010
Published date: August 2011
Keywords: cancer, oncology, breast, young adults, meta-ethnography


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Date deposited: 28 Jul 2010 11:06
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:33

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Author: Eike Adams
Author: Lisa McCann
Author: Jo Armes
Author: Daniel Stark
Author: Eila Watson
Author: Gill Hubbard

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