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The experiences of men with breast cancer in the United Kingdom

Iredale, Rachel, Brain, Katherine Emma, Williams, Buddug, France, Elizabeth and Gray, Jonathon 2006. The experiences of men with breast cancer in the United Kingdom. European Journal of Cancer 42 (3) , pp. 334-341. 10.1016/j.ejca.2005.09.027

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To investigate the experiences of men with breast cancer across the United Kingdom, a multi-phase study using: (a) focus groups (n = 4) with men and women with breast cancer and with healthcare professionals; (b) questionnaires to men with breast cancer (n = 161); (c) follow-up interviews with these men (n = 30) and (d) reconvening the focus groups (n = 2) for the men and women with breast cancer. The majority of men (84%, n = 135) reported their symptoms early, but were shocked to receive a breast cancer diagnosis. Disclosure of the diagnosis was commonly made to partners (80%, n = 129) and other close family and was influenced by perceptions of embarrassment, stigma and altered body image. Very little information was available to participants; that which was available was often inappropriate as it was intended for women. Over half the sample wanted much more information (56%, n = 90). This study also demonstrated low utilisation of formal support services and initiatives are needed to improve the information and support provided to men with breast cancer after diagnosis and treatment. Increasing the profile of breast cancer in men generally amongst healthcare professionals and the public is also needed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptation, Psychological, Adult, Aged, Aged 80 and over, Attitude to Health, Body Image, Breast Neoplasms, Male/diagnosis, Breast Neoplasms, Male/psychology*, Disclosure, Female, Focus Groups, Great Britain, Humans, Male,Middle Aged, Needs Assessment, Patient Education as Topic, Patient Satisfaction, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Social Support
Additional Information: Publication Types Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Full Text Sources Elsevier Science Other Literature Sources COS Scholar Universe Labome Researcher Resource - ExactAntigen/Labome Medical Male Breast Cancer - MedlinePlus Health Information
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0014-2964
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