A study of post diagnosis breast cancer concerns for women living in rural and remote Queensland. Part I : Personal concerns

McGrath, Pamela, Patterson, Carla, Yates, Patsy, Treloar, Sue, Oldenburg, Brian, & Loos, Colleen (1999) A study of post diagnosis breast cancer concerns for women living in rural and remote Queensland. Part I : Personal concerns. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 7(1), pp. 34-42.

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The findings presented in this paper are part of a research project designed to provide a preliminary indication of the support needs of postdiagnosis women with breast cancer in remote and isolated areas in Queensland. This discussion will present data that focuses on the women’s expressed personal concerns. For participants in this research a diagnosis of breast cancer involves a confrontation with their own mortality and the possibility of a reduced life span. This is a definite life crisis, creating shock and needing considerable adjustment. Along with these generic issues the participants also articulated significant issues in relation to their experience as women in a rural setting. These concerns centred around worries about how their partner and families cope during their absences for treatment, the additional burden on the family of having to cope with running the property or farm during the participant’s absence or illness, added financial strain brought about by the cost of travel for treatment, maintenance of properties during absences, and problems created by time off from properties or self-employment. These findings accord with other reports of health and welfare services for rural Australian and the generic literature on psycho-oncology studies of breast cancer.

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ID Code: 61867
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: breast cancer;psycho-oncology;rural;support services
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1584.1999.00214.x
ISSN: 1440-1584
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2013 21:57
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 20:58

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