Journal article

A national survey of support and information needs of Australian women living with advanced breast cancer.

Linda R Mileshkin, Lisa Sheeran, Kate Robins-Browne, Michelle Marven, Karla Gough, Sanchia Aranda

Journal of Clinical Oncology | American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) | Published : 2012

Abstract

9124 Background: Improved treatments mean women with advanced breast cancer (ABC) are living longer, sometimes for many years. As a result, these women may experience chronic needs that are different from those with early breast cancer. We aimed to assess the support and information needs of women living with ABC. Methods: A national postal survey was sent to 2,345 women with ABC registered as members of the consumer organizations BCNA and/or BreaCan. Women were asked about their disease, treatment, experiences of care, and to complete the Supportive Care Needs Survey. Results: The response rate was 34% (792 valid responses). Mean age was 57 (range 25-99) with 21% living alone and 27% worki..

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