Breast Cancer is the leading cause of death and most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
The most common treatment is surgery in the form of mastectomy. Breast Cancer (BC) and
mastectomy does not affect the well-being of only the woman but also that of the husband or
partner. Breast cancer is therefore referred to as a couple‟s disease. The purpose of this study
was to explore the experiences of spouses of women with mastectomy as a result of their
wives‟ BC in the Accra Metropolis. The Quality of Life Model Applied to Family Caregivers
by Betty Ferrell was the organizing framework for this study. A qualitative exploratory
descriptive design was employed. A purposive sampling technique was used and data were
saturated with the twelfth participant. Data were collected with a semi-structured interview
guide. All interviews were audio taped and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed using
thematic content analysis. During the study, anonymity and confidentiality were ensured. The
four themes stipulated by the model; physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being
of spouses was identified. Emerging themes were support and spousal involvement in
diagnosis and treatment. Few of the men experienced sleep disruption and fatigue. The
relationship of most of the spouses with their wives became better after the surgery. Spouses
feared their wives could die during surgery. Spiritually, spouses derived meaning and hope
from God. The spouses gave their wives domestic and emotional support. Most of the
spouses were actively involved in the treatment and diagnosis of their wives. It was
recommended that spouses be included in the provision of care for women with BC and
educational material should be prepared and given to the spouses.
CDR, C (2021). Experiences Of Spouses Of Women With Mastectomy Resulting From Breast Cancer In The Accra Metropolis. Afribary.com: Retrieved April 15, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/experiences-of-spouses-of-women-with-mastectomy-resulting-from-breast-cancer-in-the-accra-metropolis
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Coalition, CDR. "Experiences Of Spouses Of Women With Mastectomy Resulting From Breast Cancer In The Accra Metropolis" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 15, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/experiences-of-spouses-of-women-with-mastectomy-resulting-from-breast-cancer-in-the-accra-metropolis