A meta-synthesis of women's symptoms experience and breast cancer

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine the symptom experience of women with breast cancer using meta-synthesis. Women with breast cancer may experience many symptoms resulting from the primary disease and/or treatment of the disease. It is very important the overall symptom experience from the patients' perspective is captured and understood by health professionals. The question developed was 'What is the symptom experience of women with breast cancer from time of diagnosis to completion of treatment'. The meta-synthesis process as developed by Sandelowski and Barroso was used to collect and analyse the data. The overarching idea emerging from this meta-synthesis is that the symptoms experience for women with breast cancer has effects on the very 'self' of the individual. Emerging is women's need to consider the existential issues that they face while simultaneously dealing with a multitude of physical and psychological symptoms. This meta-synthesis develops a new, integrated, and more complete interpretation of findings on the symptom experience of women with breast cancer. The results offer the clinician a greater understanding in depth and breadth than the findings from individual studies on symptom experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-435
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Body image
  • Breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Psychological
  • Quality of life
  • Symptoms

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