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Papers: 21 Jan 2023 - 3 Feb 2023


Front Psychol


Survivors’ perceptions regarding the follow-up of pain complaints after breast cancer treatment: Distinct coping patterns.


After finishing cancer treatment, breast cancer survivors often experience both physical and psychosocial symptoms such as pain. In some, pain can persist for months or even years. Pain is a complex experience. Its occurrence and maintenance are explained through interactions between multiple factors, which are biological/physiological, psychological, and social in nature. Unaddressed needs related to this problem – such as insufficient pain relief, limited validation of the problem, and minimal physical and psychological support – may cause severe disability and negatively impact well-being and quality of life. This study investigated how breast cancer survivors perceive their (chronic) pain complaints to be addressed during follow-up care. Furthermore, we explored how they coped with the way their trajectories happened to unfold.