Young women differ from post-menopausal women in diagnosis and treatment, exhibit more aggressive disease, have more recurrences, and a reduced five-year survival. Their needs and concerns for psychosocial support are clearly focused on personal coping, family relationships, employment and financial issues appropriate to their age and career stage.
In 2001, CBCN in partnership with the Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative held 10 consultations and three teleconferences across Canada with 70 young women with breast cancer. The resulting report, “Nothing Fit Me:” the Information and Support Needs of Canadian Young Women with Breast Cancer, focuses on the particular issues associated with being young and having breast cancer.
*In partnership with the Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative
National Consultation with Young Women with Breast Cancer 2002
Final report prepared by the Ontario Breast Cancer Research Initiative, January 2003