Revista Psicologia Política
versão ISSN 1519-549X
SOUZA, Aline e ANDRADE, Angela Nobre de. “Marked bodies and faith in life...”: Mastectomy and public policies for women’s health“Cuerpos marcados y fe en la vida...”: Mastectomía y políticas públicas de salud de la mujer. Rev. psicol. polít. [online]. 2008, vol.8, n.15, pp. 157-178. ISSN 1519-549X.
The purpose of this study was to explore the consequences of breast cancer in women’s life, their demands, as well as their relationship with the public health policies. Eight women who had had breast cancer and had the assistance of SUS during the treatment in Vitória, ES, were interviewed. The data was collected using the Oral Story technique. The Content Analysis was used to study this data. After the surgery they had to face the restriction of routine activities and the wish of breast reconstruction. It is possible to see that, although the public health policies offer service to the women who have breast cancer, it takes them several months to get an appointment with the doctor after they found out about it. Besides, the professionals in Espírito Santo say they earn very little for the breast reconstruction, and this service was interrupted. It is important that everybody fights for their rights.
Palavras-chave : Mastectomy; Public health policies; Breast reconstruction; Women’s health; Oral story.