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What psychological effects do women experience after having risk reducing mastectomy and what are the implications of this for nurses?

Novis, Roxanne 2012. What psychological effects do women experience after having risk reducing mastectomy and what are the implications of this for nurses? [Taught Course Thesis]. Bachelor, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

Background: Breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in the UK, with 5- 10% of these cases occurring due to inherited genetic mutations. Women who have the inherited BRCA 1 and BRCA2 mutations have an 85% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. In order to minimise breast cancer risk, women can pursue riskreducing strategies including Risk-Reducing Mastectomy. Aims: To discover the psychological effects women experience as a result of RiskReducing Mastectomy and to establish how nurses can support these patients over time after the procedure. Methodology: A search strategy was designed and used to gather recent and relevant literature. The literature was reviewed and emerging themes were found. The findings were used to make evidence-based recommendations to inform future nursing practice. Recommendations: Pre-registration nurse education and training for nurses working within breast care about this patient group. There is also a need for women to receive follow up care and support after Risk-Reducing Mastectomy, which can be provided by nurses in the community and by breast clinical nurse specialists. Conclusion: Women who have Risk-Reducing Mastectomies experience both positive and negative psychological effects as a consequence of the procedure. They therefore need follow-up nursing care to prevent the negative effects having a long-term detrimental impact on their lives.

Item Type: Taught Course Thesis
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Additional Information: This dissertation is only available to Cardiff University staff and students.
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:17
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/45870

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