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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

On-line version ISSN 1518-8345

Abstract

FERNANDES, Ana Fátima Carvalho; SANTOS, Míria Conceição Lavinas; SILVA, Tiago Barreto de Castro e  and  GALVAO, Cristina Maria. Prognosis of breast cancer during pregnancy: evidence for nursing care. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.6, pp.1453-1461. ISSN 1518-8345.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692011000600024.

This integrative review analyzed evidence available in the literature concerning the prognosis of breast cancer during pregnancy. The following databases were used for selecting studies: PubMed, CINAHL and LILACS. A total of 240 primary studies were identified; 13 papers were included in the integrative review’s sample after reading the titles and abstracts and according to the established inclusion and exclusion criteria. There is evidence indicating that pregnancy does not worsen the evolution of breast cancer and a poor prognosis is related to late stage tumors. Among the gaps identified in the studied theme, the need for further studies addressing nursing care provided to pregnant women with breast cancer is highlighted in order to promote improved care in the context of health care.

Keywords : Breast Neoplasm; Pregnancy; Prognosis; Nursing.

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