Whether you are newly diagnosed, in active treatment or a long-term survivor, breast cancer can affect how you feel inside and out. You may have physical side effects from treatment or from the breast cancer itself. You may have emotional issues to deal with. Even non-health related concerns like finances and scheduling can impact your quality of life. Although you can’t get rid of these issues, there are ways to manage them. And you’ll feel more in control if you address some of these concerns.
“Quality of life” is the term used to describe a person's overall well-being. It includes:
In the first year after a cancer diagnosis and during the active phase of treatment, it is common to feel depressed and anxious . After all, side effects related to treatment can worsen your quality of life. But once treatment ends, most side effects go away and you can begin to feel like yourself again. In the meantime, there are many things you can do to improve your well-being.
After treatment, most breast cancer survivors report having a good quality of life. However, you may have some long-term side effects from treatment, such as those related to menopause, fatigue and sexual function [25-27]. It can be hard to plan for or cope with these side effects since they vary from person to person. But, there are things you can do to ease some symptoms.
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