Women with breast cancer face not only cancer-related taboos but also issues related to changes in sexuality, femininity, and fertility. Although increased emphasis on the woman's participation in the medical decision-making process has afforded her more treatment options, it also gives her more responsibility in determining her course of treatment through the continuum of cancer care. Patients must deal with a variety of issues related to social reintegration, long-term effects of cancer treatment, employment, disability, sexuality, family, and social networks. Screening for distress related to psychological, spiritual/religious, or social concerns can provide guidance for service delivery to those in need.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-724, viii
JournalThe Psychiatric clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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