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Research project: A study of the experience of living with secondary breast cancer - Dormant - Dormant

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Over recent years there has been significant progress in the management of secondary breast cancer with improved treatments and as a result women are surviving longer but despite much work being done to improve the physical well being of women with secondary breast cancer, surprisingly little is known about the practical and emotional effects of living with advancing disease or about the support needs of women.



The study will be conducted in two phases.

Phase 1: Survey of 280 women in two cancer centres and on the Breast Cancer Care website.

Phase 2: Interviewing 30 women over a one year period. Biographic narrative methods will be used during interviews with women to construct accounts of their illness experience.

Main outcomes

To identify the physical, emotional and social problems for women living with secondary breast cancer and the extent to which they are accessing services to meet needs they may have. To identify measures that might be taken to offer greater support to women with secondary breast cancer. 

Project team

Jessica Corner 

Project funder

Breast Cancer Campaign 2007

Related research groups

Complex Healthcare Processes

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