A coleta ocorreu por meio de entrevista semiestruturada, durante os meses de julho a setembro de This study aims to understand the meaning that breast cancer is for women with and chemotherapy. This is a descriptive, exploratory, and qualitative study, involving 18 women undergoing chemotherapy in a Unit of High Complexity in Oncology Unacon residing in the city of Vitoria da Conquista, state of Bahia, Brazil. The collection took place through a semi-structured interview, during the months of July to September The meanings of women with breast cancer over this condition are complex but their understanding may contribute to the realization of care practices that are not restricted to biological, technical, and reifying approaches but more comprehensive and effective care practices. Cancer incidence and mortality worldwide: Sources, methods and major patterns in Globocan International Jornal of Cancer, n. A possibilidade de cura existe quando o diagnóstico dessa doença é realizado precocemente. Porém, Silva et al.