A study of postdiagnosis breast cancer concerns for women living in rural and remote Queensland. Part II : support issues

McGrath, Pamela, Patterson, Carla, Yates, Patsy, Treloar, Sue, Oldenburg, Brian, & Loos, Colleen (1999) A study of postdiagnosis breast cancer concerns for women living in rural and remote Queensland. Part II : support issues. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 7(1), pp. 43-52.

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This paper presents the recent findings from a study on the postdiagnosis support needs of women with breast cancer living in rural and remote Queensland. The findings presented in this discussion focus on support needs from the perspective of the women experiencing breast cancer as well as health service providers. The tyranny of distance imposes unique hardships, such as separation from family and friends, during a time of great vulnerability for treatment, the need to travel long distances for support and follow-up services, and extra financial burdens, which can combine to cause strains on the marital relationship and family cohesion. Positive indications are, however, that the rural communities operate on strong, informal networks of support. This network of family, friends and community can, and does, play an active role in the provision of emotional and practical support.

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ID Code: 61869
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: breast cancer;psycho-oncology;rural;support services
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1584.1999.00216.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 22:04
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 20:59

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