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In the U.S., most people diagnosed with breast cancer will live for many years. Today, there are about 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. (more than any other group of cancer survivors!) .
At Komen, we believe anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship also defines breast cancer survivor in this way .
As a survivor, you face unique issues after breast cancer treatment. You may suffer from late effects of treatment or have issues related to sexuality, fertility or menopause. You may worry about family members getting breast cancer or your cancer coming back.
This section discusses these concerns and ways to deal with them.
If you are newly diagnosed or are currently undergoing treatment, you can find more information in the Diagnosis and Treatment sections.
If you have metastatic breast cancer, you can find more information in the Metastatic Breast Cancer section.
Breast cancer survivors should see their health care providers on a regular basis.
The goals of follow-up visits include finding any breast cancer that has returned, discussing ways to lower your risk of recurrence and managing any side effects from medications or other treatments.
FOLLOW-UP CARE AFTER TREATMENT
LATE EFFECTS OF BREAST CANCER TREATMENT
SURVIVAL AND RISK OF RECURRENCE AFTER TREATMENT
WHAT IF BREAST CANCER RETURNS
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR
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After breast cancer treatment ends, you may have health concerns that impact your quality of life. Talk with your health care provider about any issues or problems you have and ways to deal with them.
FATIGUE AND INSOMNIA
HAVING CHILDREN AFTER BREAST CANCER
QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SURVIVORS
SEXUALITY AND INTIMACY
Many people use complementary and integrative therapies during or after breast cancer care to relieve side effects and improve quality of life.
SAFETY, SCIENCE, RESOURCES AND OTHER RELATED TOPICS
Some healthy behaviors may improve breast cancer survival. Others have not yet been shown to impact breast cancer survival, but may help protect against other cancers and diseases.
HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (EXERCISE)
As a breast cancer survivor, you may have many sources of stress. After breast cancer treatment ends, you may be afraid breast cancer will come back. You may worry that others in your family will get breast cancer.
These fears and concerns are normal. Understanding more about these issues and finding healthy ways to deal with stress may be helpful.
CONCERN FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
COPING WITH STRESS
FEAR OF RECURRENCE
RETURNING TO WORK
Other breast cancer survivors share similar fears and concerns. No matter how long ago you completed treatment and no matter the struggles you face, there are likely other people who have been where you are today.
Sharing experiences and advice with other survivors may be helpful. You can find other survivors through our Message Boards.
Your health care provider can also tell you how to find a local support group.
After treatment ends, there are many ways to stay active in the breast cancer community. Getting involved can be personally rewarding and can impact the lives of others.
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