Interface - Comunicação, Saúde, Educação
versión impresa ISSN 1414-3283
FERREIRA, Cintia Bragheto; ALMEIDA, Ana Maria de y RASERA, Emerson Fernando. Meanings of the diagnosis of female breast cancer for couples who have experienced it. Interface (Botucatu) [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.27, pp. 863-871. ISSN 1414-3283. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-32832008000400015.
The comprehension gap regarding the meanings constructed by couples who have experienced breast cancer in the female partner motivated this study. Its aim was to describe and analyze the meanings that couples construct about the female partner's breast cancer and the ways in which they relate to this illness. Seven couples were interviewed and the data gathered was analyzed in the light of the theoretical reference of social constructionism. The results showed that the meanings of probation and death constructed for the partner's cancer aroused feelings of revolt and anxiety and a relationship with God among the participants. From this, it is proposed that interdisciplinary care is important for these couples, and that religious discourse should be integrated as a tool for caring for this population.
Palabras llave : Breast neoplasm; Meanings; Diagnosis.