“Below Their Notice”: Exploring Women's Subjective Experiences of Cancer System Exclusion
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BACKGROUND: The experiences that marginalized breast cancer populations have in common are rarely considered. METHODS: The authors look across 3 qualitative studies to explore the experiences of older, lower-income, and Aboriginal women diagnosed with cancer and treated by the cancer care system in Ontario, Canada. RESULTS: The research examines critical moments in participants' narratives that parallel one another and are categorized within 2 themes: Not Getting Cancer Care and Not Getting Supportive Care. CONCLUSIONS: Although exploratory, the findings merit attention both for what they tell us about women's experiences, and because they suggest disparities in access to treatment and psychosocial support.
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