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Support Introduction

   

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Coping with Cancer Diagnosis
Fact Sheet

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Getting the Support You Need
Fact Sheet

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For Friends & Family 

A diagnosis of breast cancer can bring on a wide range of emotions including shock, fear, denial, sadness and anger. Although time may ease these feelings, they may never fully go away [1].  

As you go through the different stages of grief and healing, a social support network can help you address the emotional impact of the diagnosis. Studies show support from formal and informal sources can improve quality of life [2-3].  

Social support may reduce [4-8]:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Emotional distress and depression
  • Fatigue
  • The experience of pain

Social support may improve [4-8]:

  • Mood
  • Self-image
  • Ability to cope with stress
  • Sexual function and enjoyment
  • Feelings of control

In addition to emotional support, social networks can provide practical help that can make life a little easier (such as giving rides to and from treatments or help with child care).

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Updated 05/13/13

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