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Breast cancer and mental health

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Breast cancer and mental health

Women who have experienced breast cancer have a wide range of emotional reactions. Some feel very worried about the future and especially whether the cancer will return. Some are dealing with long-term effects of cancer treatment, such as loss of a breast, scars, lymph swelling, nerve damage, brain fog and changes in sexual health. Even after full recovery from breast cancer, survivors may experience trouble sleeping, difficulty functioning, feeling sad or disliking their bodies. Women may also experience positive changes after breast cancer, such as living more in the moment, feeling closer to loved ones, having a deepened sense of spirituality, taking better care of themselves and finding meaning in helping others.

If you’ve had breast cancer and are struggling emotionally or would like to work toward positive changes in your life, consider speaking with your primary care provider or mental health clinician about support, counseling and other treatment options.

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