Whether you are newly diagnosed, are in active treatment or completed treatment years ago, breast cancer affects how you feel inside and out.
You have to cope with the emotional strain of the diagnosis and the management and physical challenges of treatment, as well as the stresses of everyday life.
Even though your diagnosis may be similar to another person’s, the way breast cancer impacts your life is unique.
“Quality of life” describes your overall well-being, including:
Non-health related issues (such as financial concerns) are also part of quality of life.
Managing side effects and other issues that have a negative impact on your quality of life is an important part of breast cancer care.
Side effects related to treatment can worsen your quality of life.
Once treatment ends, most side effects go away and you can begin to feel like yourself again. Over time, most people feel better physically and emotionally .
Learn about quality of life after breast cancer treatment ends.
Although breast cancer often has a negative impact on quality of life, it can also trigger a positive change in your outlook [229-230].
You may have a stronger sense of spirituality or faith and a more hopeful view that may increase pleasure in life .
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