There are lots of things to consider before and during treatment. And while every case of breast cancer is unique, most share a few things in common. Some topics below will apply to everyone, while others are just for a smaller group. Either way, it’s good information to know and especially useful if you need it.
Breast cancer treatment is most effective when all parts of the treatment plan are followed. So it’s important to follow your treatment plan prescribed by your health care provider in terms of timing, dose and frequency. Learn more.
A breast cancer diagnosis can be especially shocking and challenging for young women. At a time in life most often reserved for family and career, issues of treatment, recovery and survivorship suddenly take top priority. Learn more.
There are special treatment concerns for pregnant women who have breast cancer. Although cancer itself does not seem to affect the fetus, certain treatments for breast cancer can be harmful. Learn more.
Supportive care is all the care given to improve quality of life for people with breast cancer or other serious health conditions. Symptom management (also called palliative care) aims to prevent or relieve the side effects of breast cancer and its treatment (such as pain or nausea). Supportive care also includes taking care of emotional, social and spiritual health needs as well as practical needs such as child care or elder care. Learn more.
For most people, any pain from breast cancer treatment is temporary and goes away after treatment ends. Some people, however, can have pain for longer periods of time. The goal of pain management is to give the most pain control with the least amount of therapy (to limit side effects.) Learn more.
Facts for Life: Breast Cancer Prognosis
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