Assemblages of cancer

Experiences and contexts of breast cancer in the UK, France and Italy

By Cinzia Greco

Assemblages of cancer
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  • ISBN: 9781526171443
  • Publish Date: Feb 2025
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7144-3
    • Pages: 208
    • Price: £25.00
    • Published Date: February 2025
    • Series: Inscriptions


    Assemblages of cancer illustrates the tensions in the experiences and context of breast cancer in Western Europe. Breast cancer is presented as a success story in oncology, especially in countries with advanced, universal healthcare systems. At the same time, individual experiences are shaped by uncertainty, local variability of healthcare provisions, and the need for patients to assemble information about the treatments, knowledge on healthcare systems navigation, and different processes of meaning-making to manage the uncertainty and variability characterising individual outcomes. The book explores both how individual bodies and experiences are transformed by different local medical practices, institutions and discourses of breast cancer and how patients need to find their own way in these contexts. Assemblages of cancer is based on ten years of ethnographic work with patients and medical professionals in the UK, France and Italy.


    1 The political context of breast cancer in Europe
    2 The cultural landscape of breast cancer
    3 Biomedical innovations and the redefinition of breast cancer
    4 Assembling bodies: Breast cancer and post-diagnosis metamorphoses
    5 Breast cancer: an exercise in uncertainty
    6 Between disruptions and recompositions: the post-diagnosis life
    Conclusion: The meaning of assemblages and assemblages of meanings in breast cancer



    Cinzia Greco is a Mid-Career Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at The University of Manchester.

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    By Cinzia Greco

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