Life after breast cancer: Australian women's stories of support
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Nursing and Public Health
Quality support is crucial to the care of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Little qualitative research has been conducted in this area. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six women in New South Wales, Australia, to explore their experiences of breast cancer. Specifically the study focused on the support the women felt they needed at different times during their illness experience, how this was given and by whom. The qualitative data from the interviews supported previous research in that the diagnosis of breast cancer was devastating. Their primary source of support was family and friends with their surgeon and general practitioner providing some support. Overall the women felt they received physical support. However, emotional support was lacking, especially from nurses.