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Living with dying – a personal story

Being diagnosed with a terminal illness is both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you, your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.

The patient aged 50, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 aged 42. She was treated with a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In 2000, she was diagnosed with secondary tumours (metastases).

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This interview has been sourced from, award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at Oxford University, UK.

healthdirect doesn't endorse any personal opinions expressed in the video, and we recommend you discuss any questions you have regarding unfamiliar terms or descriptions, as well as how this experience compares to the Australian health care system, with a health professional.

Copyright: ©2013 University of Oxford. Used under licence from DIPEx. All rights reserved.

Sources: (Living with dying, age 30-50, interview 13)

Last reviewed: February 2013

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