Life After TreatmentFact Sheet
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Most people diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. will
live for many years.
survival varies by stage. Non-invasive (stage 0) and early stage invasive
breast cancers (stages I and II) have a better prognosis than later stage cancers (stage III and
IV). And, cancer that has not spread beyond the breast has a better prognosis
than cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes. Survival
also varies depending on each
person’s specific diagnosis and treatment.
Learn more about survival after early breast cancer.
Learn more about survival and breast cancer stage.
Once your breast cancer treatment ends, your life changes in many ways. You face a new set of issues and concerns. You may have side effects (like lymphedema) or have issues related to sexuality, fertility or menopause. You may be concerned about family members getting breast cancer and also worry that your own cancer will come back. There are things you can do that may ease many of these concerns.
Many people who are employed at the time of their breast cancer diagnosis return to work after treatment [5-7]. Your health care provider can help you decide when (and if) you are able to return to work (part time or full time). Going back to work can increase your emotional and social well-being [6-7]. However, it can be physically and mentally challenging [6-7]. You may need to adjust some aspects of your job, especially during the first months after treatment ends. Having a supportive employer can help ease the move back to the workplace .
Talk to your provider about ways to make your return to the workplace as easy as possible. Some organizations, such as Cancer and Careers, also offer tips on going back to work after breast cancer treatment.
Learn about insurance and other financial issues.
Fear of Getting Cancer Again (Relapse, Recurrence)
Sexuality and Intimacy
Having Children After Breast Cancer
Concern for Family Members
Quality of Life Issues
Facts for Life: What is Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer 101
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