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Title: The experiences and support needs of women with gestational breast cancer in singapore: A descriptive qualitative study
Authors: Fang Liow, KH
Pyng Ng, TR
Choo, CH 
Lin Koh, SS 
Shorey, S 
Keywords: Breast Neoplasms
Postpartum Period
Qualitative Research
Issue Date: 9-Dec-2021
Publisher: Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)
Citation: Fang Liow, KH, Pyng Ng, TR, Choo, CH, Lin Koh, SS, Shorey, S (2021-12-09). The experiences and support needs of women with gestational breast cancer in singapore: A descriptive qualitative study. Cancer Nursing 45 (1) : E263-E269. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: Gestational breast cancer is diagnosed during pregnancy or within the first postpartum year. There is a lack of studies on the experiences of ethnically diverse Asian women with gestational breast cancer. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of Asian women with gestational breast cancer so necessary support can be rendered. Methods: This qualitative descriptive study used purposive sampling to recruit 7 women with gestational breast cancer who were following up at the breast center of a tertiary women's hospital in Singapore. Semistructured, individual, face-to-face, audio-recorded interviews were used to explore the in-depth experiences of these women. Data were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Three main themes emerged from the thematic analysis: (1) being a sick woman, (2) juggling between being a mother and a patient, and (3) seeking normalcy. Women had to contend with disruptive changes from gestational breast cancer, both emotionally and physically. They were constantly distressed by their altered body images, and family support was vital to help these women cope with their treatments. Alternative support sources included healthcare professionals and the Internet. Conclusion: Gestational breast cancer experiences varied based on the women's encounter perceptions and existing support. Their experiences may be improved through further support to mediate their coping efforts. Future quantitative and qualitative research should explore and evaluate the various aspects of the long-term disease and psychosocial effects of gestational breast cancer. Implications for Practice: Hospitals should include support strategies in antenatal classes and postnatal workshops to lessen disruptions of the motherhood experiences.
Source Title: Cancer Nursing
ISSN: 0162-220X
DOI: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000912
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