Kvinnors upplevelse av rädsla för återfall vid bröstcancer
: en litteraturstudie

Translated title of the thesis: Women's experience of fear of recurrence regarding breast cancer: a literature review
  • Jennifer Håkansson
  • Cecilia Wåhlin

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: Breast cancer is the most common cancer disease among women and 8000 people is annually affected in Sweden. The risk of recurrence is the highest within the first five years. The risk can trigger a sense of fear. Aim: To describe how women with breast cancer experience fear of recurrence. Method: A literature review. The systematic literature search resulted in ten qualitative articles. Results: Fear of recurrence was the most frequent emotion and was primarily triggered by changes in contact with health care, the emergence of unexplainable physical symptoms and doctor appointments. Though, absence of fear of recurrence occurred among some women. Usage of social support, distraction and positive approach emerged to be the most common coping strategies to deal with fear of recurrence. Discussion: It’s significant that the nurse informs and motivates women to the development of their own coping strategies. Conclusion: The knowledge can and ought to be practiced by nursing students and nurses, to reduce the frequency of fear of recurrence among people with cancer. This field ought to be noticed for further research. 

    Date of Award2015-May-21
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorHelena Larsson (Supervisor) & Pernilla Ny (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Medical and Health Sciences (3)


    • fear
    • recurrence
    • women
    • breast cancer
    • literature review

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