European Journal of Breast Health

Breast Cancer and Posttraumatic Growth


Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Psikiyatri Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye


Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Psikiyatri Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Emekli Öğretim Üyesi, İzmir, Türkiye

Eur J Breast Health 2014; 10: 75-78
DOI: 10.5152/tjbh.2014.1778
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The current methods for early diagnosis and increased treatment optionshave improved survival rates in breast cancer. Breast cancer diagnosis effectsindividuals in physical, psychological and social dimensions either positivelyor negatively. In the literature, usually the negative effects encountered inthe period after the diagnosis of breast cancer are mostly described, withlimited data on the positive effects. Nevertheless, the identification of positivechanges and defining its determinants is important in supporting andstrengthening posttraumatic growth in this group. The objective of thisreview is to explain posttraumatic growth and its determinants in breastcancer during the post-treatment period in accordance with the relevantliterature. In our evaluation, it was noticed that breast cancer survivors experienceposttraumatic growth in the post-treatment period, but the literatureis limited in explaining the nature of posttraumatic growth and its determinants.Both qualitative and quantitative research that will provide indepthinformation on the subject, explaining culture-specific posttraumaticgrowth and related factors, are required.

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