'Do you mean I'm not whole?: Exploring the role of support in womens experiences of mastectomy without reconstruction

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Archer, Stephanie, Holland, Fiona G. and Montague, Jane 2016. 'Do you mean I'm not whole?: Exploring the role of support in womens experiences of mastectomy without reconstruction. Journal of Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105316664135
AuthorsArcher, Stephanie, Holland, Fiona G. and Montague, Jane
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This study explores the role of others in supporting younger women who opt not to reconstruct their breast post-mastectomy. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six women diagnosed with breast cancer in their 30s/40s. The women lived in England, had been diagnosed a minimum of 5 years previously and had undergone unilateral mastectomy. An interpretative phenomenological analysis revealed three themes: Assuring the self: ‘I’ll love you whatever’, Challenging the self: ‘Do you mean I’m not whole?’ and Accepting the self: ‘I’ve come out the other side’. The women’s experiences of positive support and challenges to their sense of self are discussed.

KeywordsBreast cancer; Mastectomy; Recovery; Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)
Year2016
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
PublisherSage
ISSN13591053
14617277
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105316664135
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621624
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