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The experience of mastectomized woman: a bibliographic research

This study aimed at knowing the scientific production concerning the care to the mastectomized woman, focusing the revealed feelings, the difficulties faced and the care strategies adopted by the nursing, a bibliographical search was carried out with 23 published articles since 1990, in national periodics. Using the proposed methodology by Salvador, the main women's feelings identified was fear, rejection, guilty and loss; amongst the difficulties, stand out the auto-image acceptance, the confrontation of the prejudice and the collateral effect of chemotherapeutic treatment, specially the alopecia, the pain and the physical difficulties. As main care strategy, it was identified the group activities, aiming at promotin the mastectomized woman self-steem and to contribute for her quality of life.

Mastectomy; Breast neoplasms; Nursing care

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