The emergence of the 'waiting game': A critical examination of the psychosocial issues in diagnosing breast cancer

Karen Poole

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Abstract

Undergoing diagnostic investigations for symptoms of breast disease constitutes an intensely stressful experience for any woman. The widespread use of contemporary fine-needle techniques throughout specialist breast clinics, whilst removing the necessity of hospitalization and general anaesthesia for many women, has introduced the notion of the 'waiting game'. The ability to ascertain definitive results within a matter of hours has led to diversification in the structure of diagnostic breast services; however, the significance of the 'waiting game' in terms of distress experienced by women has not been investigated. This paper systematically reviews the research that has explored psychosocial morbidity in this phase of the disease trajectory, and provides summative recommendations for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-281
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes

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