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Cancer Prev Control. 1998 Apr;2(2):57-62.

Information needs of women with metastatic breast cancer.

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  • 1Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, North York, Ont.


Eight focus groups involving women with metastatic breast cancer were held across Ontario over approximately 6 months in 1996-97. Prevalent themes identified during the sessions are reported under 2 broad dimensions: the women's expressed desire for information in specific content areas, and issues related to whether information can be either beneficial or harmful, depending on how it is provided. The women reported high needs for information, especially that which would relate to their situation. Perceived adequacy of information is closely linked to health professional engagement and care. Although the provision of information is important, the needs of these women for maintenance of hope and provision of interpersonal support and comfort are also critical.

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