Practical support for women with breast cancer

Sally Thorne, Lynda Balneaves, Judy Reimer

Abstract


Although emotional, social and informational support are well recognized needs among women with breast cancer, practical support has not attracted serious research attention. However, consumer advocates and researchers studying the subjective experience of breast cancer note that practical support may be a particular concern for some women. In order to document some aspects of the practical support issue and begin to render this element of the experience visible, a community-based consumer group conducted a preliminary survey of practical support needs of women who were living with or had experienced breast cancer. Among the 100 women who responded to this survey, there was considerable evidence that practical support may well remain an unmet need in the current health care climate.


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