Perceptions, feelings and physical and emotional experiences of woman after breast cancer


  • Ariana Machado Toriy State University of Santa Catarina
  • Edite Krawulski Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • Jaqueline De Souza Brasiliense Viera Maternity Carmela Dutra (MCD), Florianópolis
  • Clarissa Medeiros da Luz University of the State of Santa Catarina
  • Fabiana Flores Sperandio University of the State of Santa Catarina



mastectomy, perception, physical therapy, breast cancer, professional support


Introduction: Breast cancer has the highest incidence worldwide. Recently, breast cancer was considered a major public health problem due to the high morbidity and mortality. The objective was to characterize the coping strategies of the disease developed by these women after breast cancer. Methods: We used a qualitative approach, a study of descriptive, which are collected through structured interview technique and processed by content analysis. Participants were twenty women with mastectomies, married, with more than twelve months after surgery and without breast reconstruction. Results: Two themes were constructed from the analysis of their statements: 1) Physical changes after breast cancer, which was understood as a change in lifestyle and acceptance of the modified body and 2) emotional changes after breast cancer and coping initiatives, built based on the emotional findings after illness. Conclusion: Breast cancer is a disease which characterizes risks to life and brings with it a series of experiments to women. The changes and difficulties caused by the disease imply adaptations and adjustments, both physical (due to sequels) and emotional (guilt, anger and negativity), enabling the experience of different feelings, even after twelve months of surgery.

Biografia do Autor

Ariana Machado Toriy, State University of Santa Catarina

Master in Physiotherapy and Physiotherapist State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC), Florianópolis.

Edite Krawulski, Federal University of Santa Catarina

Professor, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis.

Jaqueline De Souza Brasiliense Viera, Maternity Carmela Dutra (MCD), Florianópolis

Nurse Unit of Clinical Oncology and Surgery, Maternity Carmela Dutra (MCD), Florianópolis, SC - Brazil.

Clarissa Medeiros da Luz, University of the State of Santa Catarina

Professor by the State University of Santa Catarina and lecturer at the University of the State of Santa Catarina (UDESC), Florianópolis, SC - Brazil.

Fabiana Flores Sperandio, University of the State of Santa Catarina

Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and lecturer at the University of the State of Santa Catarina(UDESC), Florianópolis, SC - Brazil.


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