Psychosocial needs of young breast cancer survivors in Mexico City, Mexico

Harper G. Hubbeling, Shoshana M. Rosenberg, Maria Cecilia González-Robledo, Julia G. Cohn, Cynthia Villarreal-Garza, Ann H. Partridge, Felicia Knaul

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Objective Young breast cancer survivors in Mexico face distinct psychosocial challenges that have not been characterized. This study aims to describe the psychosocial needs of young breast cancer survivors in Mexico at 5 or more years of survivorship, identifying areas of focus for early interventions. Methods Breast cancer patients diagnosed at age 40 or prior with 5 or more years since diagnosis were invited to participate in one-on-one 30–60 minute semi-structured audio-recorded interviews at the Instituto Nacional de Cancerología in Mexico City. Transcripts were coded using thematic analysis with NVivo software. Results 25 women participated. Five major phenomena emerged from analysis: (1) minimization of fertility concerns; (2) persistence of body image disturbance over time; (3) barriers to employment during survivorship; (4) impact on family relationships and social networks; & (5) unmet psychological care and informational needs. Conclusions Early interventions with a focus on fertility loss education, access to reconstructive surgery and body image support, guidance during return-to-work, assistance with childcare, integration of psychological care and the fulfillment of informational needs could ameliorate long-term psychological and social distress for young breast cancer survivors in Mexico.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0197931
JournalPLoS One
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018

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Mexico
breast neoplasms
Surgery
Survivors
Education
Breast Neoplasms
body image
Body Image
Psychology
Fertility
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
Survival Rate
survival rate
child care
family relations
social networks
Return to Work
Family Relations
distress
Social Support

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Hubbeling, H. G., Rosenberg, S. M., González-Robledo, M. C., Cohn, J. G., Villarreal-Garza, C., Partridge, A. H., & Knaul, F. (2018). Psychosocial needs of young breast cancer survivors in Mexico City, Mexico. PLoS One, 13(5), [e0197931]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197931

Psychosocial needs of young breast cancer survivors in Mexico City, Mexico. / Hubbeling, Harper G.; Rosenberg, Shoshana M.; González-Robledo, Maria Cecilia; Cohn, Julia G.; Villarreal-Garza, Cynthia; Partridge, Ann H.; Knaul, Felicia.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 13, No. 5, e0197931, 01.05.2018.

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Hubbeling, HG, Rosenberg, SM, González-Robledo, MC, Cohn, JG, Villarreal-Garza, C, Partridge, AH & Knaul, F 2018, 'Psychosocial needs of young breast cancer survivors in Mexico City, Mexico', PLoS One, vol. 13, no. 5, e0197931. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197931
Hubbeling HG, Rosenberg SM, González-Robledo MC, Cohn JG, Villarreal-Garza C, Partridge AH et al. Psychosocial needs of young breast cancer survivors in Mexico City, Mexico. PLoS One. 2018 May 1;13(5). e0197931. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197931
Hubbeling, Harper G. ; Rosenberg, Shoshana M. ; González-Robledo, Maria Cecilia ; Cohn, Julia G. ; Villarreal-Garza, Cynthia ; Partridge, Ann H. ; Knaul, Felicia. / Psychosocial needs of young breast cancer survivors in Mexico City, Mexico. In: PLoS One. 2018 ; Vol. 13, No. 5.
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