YOUNG WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES WITH BREAST CANCER: AN IMPERATIVE FOR TAILORED SERVICES

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164704
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
YOUNG WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES WITH BREAST CANCER: AN IMPERATIVE FOR TAILORED SERVICES
Author(s):
Fitch, Margaret
Author Details:
Margaret Fitch, RN PhD, Head Oncology Nursing and Support Care, Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, email: marg.fitch@sunnybrook.ca
Abstract:
A diagnosis of breast cancer is difficult for a woman, regardless of her age. Seventeen percent of women are diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 50 and breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between 35 and 50 years in Canada. This cohort of women has unique perspectives about their life roles and responsibilities that could influence their experiences and needs during the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The ultimate aim of this qualitative investigation was to better understand how to tailor information and support interventions for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The specific purpose was to explore the perspectives and experiences of women 45 years or less at the time of their breast cancer diagnosis. The supportive care framework guided this work. Twenty-eight women underwent in-depth interviews regarding the events surrounding their diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, their responses to those events, the challenges they experienced, and how they managed with those challenges. Analysis was guided by a phenomenologic framing. The interviews were profound and full of passion. Repeatedly, these young women described an intense desire to live and to be able to fulfill roles, responsibilities, and commitments that were of importance to them. Three overarching themes were revealed: everything depends on acting now; everything is ôout of syncö; and, cancer invaded my whole life. Many of these women could not find appropriate services or information for their age group. The interviews provided rich data about the views of young women coping with the cancer experience and create an imperative for tailoring future services more appropriately. Particularly, those designing services and programs need to think about childcare, the time of day when programs are offered, and use of technology for this age group of breast cancer survivors. Specific information needs to be available about fertility, body image, and sexuality.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleYOUNG WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES WITH BREAST CANCER: AN IMPERATIVE FOR TAILORED SERVICESen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFitch, Margareten_US
dc.author.detailsMargaret Fitch, RN PhD, Head Oncology Nursing and Support Care, Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, email: marg.fitch@sunnybrook.caen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164704-
dc.description.abstractA diagnosis of breast cancer is difficult for a woman, regardless of her age. Seventeen percent of women are diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 50 and breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between 35 and 50 years in Canada. This cohort of women has unique perspectives about their life roles and responsibilities that could influence their experiences and needs during the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The ultimate aim of this qualitative investigation was to better understand how to tailor information and support interventions for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The specific purpose was to explore the perspectives and experiences of women 45 years or less at the time of their breast cancer diagnosis. The supportive care framework guided this work. Twenty-eight women underwent in-depth interviews regarding the events surrounding their diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, their responses to those events, the challenges they experienced, and how they managed with those challenges. Analysis was guided by a phenomenologic framing. The interviews were profound and full of passion. Repeatedly, these young women described an intense desire to live and to be able to fulfill roles, responsibilities, and commitments that were of importance to them. Three overarching themes were revealed: everything depends on acting now; everything is ôout of syncö; and, cancer invaded my whole life. Many of these women could not find appropriate services or information for their age group. The interviews provided rich data about the views of young women coping with the cancer experience and create an imperative for tailoring future services more appropriately. Particularly, those designing services and programs need to think about childcare, the time of day when programs are offered, and use of technology for this age group of breast cancer survivors. Specific information needs to be available about fertility, body image, and sexuality.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:05:28Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:05:28Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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