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Health Care Women Int. 2015;36(5):514-42. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2014.896364. Epub 2014 Apr 22.

The experience of living with metastatic breast cancer--a review of the literature.

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a Faculty of Health Sciences , University of Sydney , Sydney , New South Wales , Australia.

Abstract

Women's experiences with metastatic breast cancer have received little research attention. We reviewed published articles (1984-2013) reporting research examining women's experiences of metastatic breast cancer (n = 33). Findings from quantitative studies were categorized into three broad areas: adverse consequences, satisfaction with health care providers, and strategies for living. Themes identified from qualitative findings include living as a social outsider; importance of hope; health and quality of life; positive experiences; experiences at end of life; and strategies for living. More research is needed to explore experiences of subgroups to appropriately respond to women's diverse care needs.

PMID:
24579717
DOI:
10.1080/07399332.2014.896364
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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