Domestic violence against women with cancer: examples and review of the literature

J Support Oncol. 2006 Jan;4(1):24-8, 33.


Over a recent 3-month period in our oncology practice, we became aware of multiple patients reporting domestic abuse. We present three selected cases, review the literature on domestic violence, and explore issues of diagnosis and management in a cancer population. Domestic violence against cancer patients may be more common than initially appreciated, and further awareness and research are indicated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology / ethics
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Physician's Role
  • Risk Factors
  • Spouse Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Spouse Abuse / ethics
  • Spouse Abuse / therapy