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Adult nursing
Women’s experiences of breast cancer reveal the need for a holistic person-centred approach to breast cancer care
  1. Úna Kerin
  1. Department of Adult Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Úna Kerin, Department of Adult Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birmingham City University, Birmingham B15 3TN, UK; una.kerin{at}bcu.ac.uk

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Commentary on: Smit A, Coetzee BJ, Roomaney R, et al. Women’s stories of living with breast cancer: a systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative evidence. Soc Sci Med 2019; 222:231–45. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.01.020

Implications for practice and research

  • Findings illustrate the physical, psychosocial and emotional impact of breast cancer on women.

  • A holistic, person-centred approach to breast cancer care is required before, during and after active cancer treatment has been terminated.

  • The proposed trajectory of breast cancer framework will enable future researchers to consider breast cancer experiences relative to particular breast cancer time-points.

Context

Breast cancer is reported to be the most common type of cancer in women.1 There are distinct histological subtypes; luminal A, luminal B, basal-like and human epidermal growth factor receptor …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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