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Younger and older women's concerns about menopause after breast cancer

Anderson, D.J., Yates, P., McCarthy, A.L., Lang, C.P., Hargraves, M., McCarthy, N., & Porter-Steele, J. (2011) Younger and older women's concerns about menopause after breast cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 20(6), pp. 785-794.

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Abstract

A number of treatments for breast cancer induce menopause. This study's aim was to explore women's perceptions and beliefs about menopausal symptoms and their management following breast cancer, and to compare younger and older women's experiences. Data were collected via semi-structured focus groups from women who had undergone treatment for breast cancer, and who were currently experiencing menopausal symptoms. Data were interpreted by way of simple inductive thematic analysis. The women experienced a range of menopausal symptoms that they were not prepared for and found difficult to manage. The central themes related to their lack of knowledge of how to manage menopausal symptoms, and the distress and helplessness that arose from this. Women who were diagnosed prior to 40 years of age reported additional menopausal issues than women who were older at diagnosis. The women in this study expressed a thirst for information related to menopause after breast cancer. The women identified that their needs with regard to menopause after breast cancer were not being met, either through their own lack of knowledge or via conflicting or absent support and management. The importance of enabling women to deal with menopausal symptoms was a central theme to emerge from the data.

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ID Code: 47212
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This research was funded by an Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation research development grant. We would like to thank the women for sharing their stories with us.
Keywords: young breast cancer survivor, menopausal symptoms, qualitative study, focus groups
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2011.01282.x
ISSN: 0961-5423
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2011 00:33
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2011 09:28

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