Younger women’s experiences of deciding against delayed breast reconstruction post-mastectomy following breast cancer: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

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Holland, Fiona G., Archer, Stephanie and Montague, Jane 2014. Younger women’s experiences of deciding against delayed breast reconstruction post-mastectomy following breast cancer: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105314562085
AuthorsHolland, Fiona G., Archer, Stephanie and Montague, Jane
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Most women do not reconstruct their breast(s) post-mastectomy. The experiences of younger women who maintain this decision, although important to understand, are largely absent in the research literature. This interview-based study uses interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore the experiences of six women, diagnosed with primary breast cancer in their 30s/40s, who decided against delayed reconstruction. Findings reported here focus on one superordinate theme (decision-making) from a larger analysis, illustrating that the women’s drive to survive clearly influenced their initial decision-making process. Their tenacity in maintaining their decision is highlighted, despite non-reconstruction sometimes being presented negatively by medical teams. Patient-centred support recommendations are made.

KeywordsBreast cancer; Decision making; Interpretative phenomenological analysis; Mastectomy; Reconstruction
Year2014
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN1359-1053
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105314562085
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