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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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Abstract

SILVA, Gisele da  and  SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos. Stressors in Breast Cancer Post-Treatment: a Qualitative Approach. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.4, pp. 688-695. ISSN 0104-1169.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692010000400005.

With the increasing effectiveness of breast cancer treatment, the scientific interest in investigating the quality of life of survivors has increased. However, research addressing the post-treatment period is still scarce. The aim of this study was to identify the stressors present in the lives of women in the one to five years post-diagnosis period. The sample was composed of 16 women assisted at a specialized mastectomy rehabilitation service. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed using content analysis. The results indicate conflicts with self-image and alteration in the feeling of autonomy, fear in relation to the evolution of the condition, feelings of guilt about the disorder generated in the family, experience of disturbing social situations and a desire to return to their professional occupation. These results reveal the existence of stressors in this phase and the importance of support offered by psychosocial rehabilitation services for this population.

Keywords : Breast Neoplasms; Rehabilitation; Stress, Psychological; Mental Health; Adaptation, Psychological.

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