“My Husband Affects Me More Than My Cancer”: Reflections on Simultaneous Intimate Partner Violence and Breast Cancer Experience in a 48-Year-Old Woman

Francesca Dionigi, Valentina Martinelli, Eugenia Trotti, Alberta Ferrari, Carlos Alberto Garcia-Etienne, Angelica Della Valle, Donatella Grasso, Elisa Ferraris, Gianpiero Rizzo, Vincenza Praticò, Adele Sgarella

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Abstract

In this paper, we present the case of a 48-year-old woman diagnosed with early breast cancer. As candidate for mastectomy, she refused immediate reconstruction. She was referred to a psycho-oncologist for further evaluation and support. Psychological sessions helped reveal a history of intimate partner violence and helped clarify the reason for her refusal to undergo immediate reconstruction. Experience with this case highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary practice in which collaboration between surgeons, oncologists, and mental health professionals leads to a more in-depth understanding of the apparently paradoxical behaviors of patients, and to better care for their needs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Early childhood abuse
  • Intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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