Exploring the Experience of Breast Cancer for Women of Different Age Groups: A Critical Review

Dupeyron, Sarah (2014) Exploring the Experience of Breast Cancer for Women of Different Age Groups: A Critical Review. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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To compare and contrast the experience of breast cancer in women

of different biopsychosocial stages of their life


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK and

worldwide. The experience of breast cancer is dynamic and complex

and is comprised of many challenges and opportunities for growth.

To achieve high quality, holistic care, the needs and concerns of

breast cancer patients need to be understood by healthcare



A critical review method was chosen and a range of databases were

used to provide a variance of sources and literature types


Issues that affect all ages of women with breast cancer include

aging-related problems, psychological matters, support, family,

roles and body image, sexuality and femininity. Young women also

have fertility related issues and older women have specific

comorbidity issues. These all affect the self, situation, support and

strategies that are needed to adjust to life transitions, such as

breast cancer. Women also use an internalised clock to assess

whether their lives are on time, and breast cancer affects life plans,

which causes psychological distress.


To achieve holistic care, healthcare professionals need to carry out

thorough assessment of women’s needs and concerns during breast

cancer. The experience varies with age, is complex and diverse and

goes beyond the breast itself. This review highlights the importance

of holistic care and what illness means to patients on an individual


Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 10:21
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 14:06
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/27072

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