Kvinnors upplevelser efter mastektomi
: med fokus på kroppsuppfattningen

Translated title of the thesis: Womens experience after mastectomy: with focus on body perception
  • Aicha Gyllensteen Bakayoko
  • Jenny Nilsson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: One treatment option for breast cancer is mastectomy, removing the whole breast .Women have a dynamic and personal perception of their bodies that can be divided in to three different components, real appearance of the body,ideal of the body and the presentation of the body. Body perception changes by health as well by sickness or injury. Failure in one of the components can lead to a changed body perception related to sickness. Aim: The aim was to describe women’s experiences with breast cancer who had undergone mastectomy with focus on their body perception. Method: It was carried out as a systematic literature review and was based on eleven qualitative and quantitative articles. Results: The analysis formed three categories, Women’s visual sight on themselves: how women look at the changed body and how it affects them.Women’s emotional experiences: the women’s feelings about the mastectomy and Women’s experience of a changed femininity: how mastectomy affects the femininity. Conclusion: Women that underwent mastectomy often experienced a change body perception. Overall the women experienced negative thoughts about their self-image. It also showed that lack of communication between patient and nurse had an impact on the women’s experiences around their healthcare.

    Date of Award2014-Dec-04
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorMalin Sundström (Supervisor) & Liselotte Jakobsson (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • womens breastcancer
    • mastectomy
    • experience
    • body perception

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