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If you have breast cancer, support groups can help you cope with the emotional and practical aspects of the disease. These groups allow you or your family members to share what you have learned about coping with the disease and the effects of treatment. In addition to support groups, other good sources of support include members of the healthcare team and counselors (such as a social worker or member of the clergy).
Breast Cancer Support: An OverviewLearning that you have breast cancer can change your life and the lives of those close to you. These changes can be hard to handle. It is normal for you, your family, and your friends to have many different and sometimes confusing feelings. Some people find that they need help coping with the emotional and practical aspects of their disease. Some good sources for breast cancer support may include:
- Support groups
- Healthcare providers
- Other counselors.
Support Groups for Breast CancerSome people with the disease find support groups to be helpful. In these groups, patients or their family members get together to share what they have learned about coping with the disease and the effects of breast cancer treatment. Support groups for breast cancer may offer support in person, over the telephone, or on the Internet.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that each woman is different. Ways that one woman deals with cancer may not be right for another. You may want to ask your healthcare provider about advice you receive from other women with breast cancer.
- Caring for their families
- Keeping their jobs
- Continuing daily activities
- Breast cancer treatments
- Managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills.
Doctors, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team can answer questions about treatment, working, or other activities.