Moving forward – developing resources for women with breast cancer at the end of hospital based treatment

Fenlon, D, Reed, L, Blows, E, Wray, J and Dewey, A 2010, Moving forward – developing resources for women with breast cancer at the end of hospital based treatment , in: Cancer Care Congress, 15 - 16 September 2010, Manchester.

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Abstract

When women inish hospital-based treatment for breast cancer and become a breast cancer survivor, they experience a distinct 're-entry' point in their lives. For many this is a time of crisis (Allen, 2009). While breast cancer patients have a range of information resources available to them at diagnosis and through treatment, there is a gap in information and support available once treatment has inished (Vivar, 2005). In addition, high levels of distress in the post-treatment phase have been found to lead to poorer long-term adjustment (Cimprich, 2005. Allen, 2009). Women's lives and self identity can be permanently altered as a result of their breast cancer diagnosis (McCann, 2010). Women have reported feeling abandoned and isolated (Smyth) during the shift from frequent interactions with healthcare professionals and a focus on hospital-based treatment to moving forward with their lives after treatment. In July 2009 Breast Cancer Care commissioned market research with women affected by breast cancer to examine their services portfolio. A key recommendation was a need for a 'life after breast cancer' resource that could be disseminated to all women at the end of their hospital-based treatment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr Julie Wray
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2010 13:58
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 09:58
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/10356

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