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Experiences of men with breast cancer: a qualitative study

Pituskin, Edith, Williams, Beverly, Au, Heather-Jane and Martin-McDonald, Kristine 2007, Experiences of men with breast cancer: a qualitative study, Journal of men's health & gender, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 44-51, doi: 10.1016/j.jmhg.2006.12.002.

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Title Experiences of men with breast cancer: a qualitative study
Author(s) Pituskin, Edith
Williams, Beverly
Au, Heather-Jane
Martin-McDonald, Kristine
Journal name Journal of men's health & gender
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 44
End page 51
Publisher Elsevier Ireland
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 1571-8913
Keyword(s) male breast cancer
qualitative research
narrative method
adaptation (psychologic)
men's health
Summary Background
Recent reports indicate that male breast cancer rates are increasing in North America. While there have been numerous large-scale studies examining women's experiences with breast cancer, to date there have been no North American studies examining what a man experiences with a breast cancer diagnosis. The objective of this qualitative study was to describe the experiences of a sample of Canadian men diagnosed with breast cancer.

Methods
After written informed consent, unstructured audio-taped interviews were conducted with 20 men. Since little is known about a man's experience with breast cancer, an exploratory qualitative approach was utilized.

Results
Participants experienced concerns related to the lack of awareness of male breast cancer within both public and health professional groups. Many men suffered stress related to the cancer diagnosis, body image concerns and role strain. The lack of male-specific breast cancer information was identified as a major concern. All denied interest in traditional support groups. In retrospect, a number of men felt the breast cancer experience vastly improved their lives.

Conclusions
Needs identified by participants include increased public and health professional awareness of male breast cancer, written information specific for men, and male participation in breast cancer research. Further study is also necessary to identify supports considered helpful by men with breast cancer and other malignancies.

Notes Available online 27 February 2007.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jmhg.2006.12.002
Field of Research 111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007 WPMH GmbH. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007105

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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