Women's experiences of dating after breast cancer

Laura Kate Shaw, Kerry A. Sherman*, Julie Fitness, Breast Cancer Network Australia

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study examined women's experiences of romantically dating after breast cancer. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 22 female breast cancer survivors who attempted to form new relationships post-breast cancer. Interview transcripts were analyzed using grounded theory methodology. We identified an overarching theme of “navigating the breast cancer dating journey,” comprising seven themes including women's decision to consider dating; ability/desire to commence a new relationship; cancer-related disclosure; changes to intimacy and sexuality; body image difficulties; changing values; and trusting a new partner. Future research should empirically determine factors predicting a woman's ability to form a romantic relationship after breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-335
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2016


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