Feelings and Perceptions of Man facing his Lifemate submitted to Mastectomy: Integrative Review


  • Larissa Mendonça Torres Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Jovanka Bittencourt Leite de Carvalho Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Elisangela Franco de Oliveira Cavalcante Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Flavio Cesar Bezerra da Silva Universidade do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Thais Rosental Gabriel Lopes Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Gracimary Alves Teixeira Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte




Spouses, Mastectomy, Breast Neoplasms, Family relations


Objective: The aim of this article is to investigate, from the scientific literature, feelings and perceptions presented by men facing the experience of having their women submitted to mastectomy.

Methods: This is a literature integrative review collected in the databases LILACS, CINAHL, Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science and Science Direct, in November and December 2015.

Results: The sample included 12 publications. In the selected articles, feelings and perceptions of the man before of women undergoing mastectomy were mostly linked to fear, anxiety, sadness, worry and anguish.

Conclusion: Facing these findings is great relevance that not only women undergoing the procedure must be assisted during all stages of treatment. But also his companions need assistance as a way of these men take care of their women in full.

Author Biographies

Larissa Mendonça Torres, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Departamento de Enfermagem. Enfermagem.

Jovanka Bittencourt Leite de Carvalho, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Escola de Saúde. Efermagem

Elisangela Franco de Oliveira Cavalcante, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Escola de Saúde. Enfermagem

Flavio Cesar Bezerra da Silva, Universidade do Rio Grande do Norte

Escola de Saúde. Enfermagem

Thais Rosental Gabriel Lopes, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Departamento de Enfermagem. Enfermagem

Gracimary Alves Teixeira, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Departamento de Enfermagem. Enfermagem


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