The Experience of Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer—A Review of the Literature Academic Article uri icon


  • Women's experiences with metastatic breast cancer have received little research attention. We reviewed published articles (1984-2013) reporting research examining women's experiences of metastatic breast cancer (n = 33). Findings from quantitative studies were categorized into three broad areas: adverse consequences, satisfaction with health care providers, and strategies for living. Themes identified from qualitative findings include living as a social outsider; importance of hope; health and quality of life; positive experiences; experiences at end of life; and strategies for living. More research is needed to explore experiences of subgroups to appropriately respond to women's diverse care needs.

publication date

  • 2015