Illness perceptions in women with breast cancer: A systematic literature review

A.A. Kaptein, J.W. Schoones, M.J. Fischer, M.S.Y. Thong, J.R. Kroep, K.J.M. van der Hoeven

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Women with breast cancer respond to the illness and its medical management in their own personal way. Their coping behavior and self-management are determined by their views (cognitions) and feelings (emotions) about symptoms and illness: their illness perceptions. This paper reports the results of a systematic literature review of illness perceptions and breast cancer. In the 12 studies identified, published between 2012 and 2015, illness perceptions were found to be important concomitants of medical and behavioral outcomes: fear of recurrence, distress, quality of life, satisfaction with medical care, use of traditional healers, and risk perception
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-126
JournalCurrent Breast Cancer Reports
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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