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Breast Cancer In Situ: Managing Your Medical Care: Diagnosis To Treatment Decision

Breast Cancer Is Not What It Used To Be.

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  • Things have become much better for women with breast cancer . 
  • For the great majority of women, breast cancer is treatable and becomes a chronic condition that can be lived with. Even if your diagnosis seems forbidding, keep in mind that many women respond to the latest treatments. You could be one of those people.
  • What you know about what happened to other women with breast cancer is not necessarily what will happen to you. Even if another woman's breast cancer is the same type and subset as yours, every case is highly individual. No one can precisely predict what the course of your condition will be, or how any individual will respond to a particular treatment. This uncertainty is reason for hope.
  • Most women are treated with a lumpectomy, a procedure that saves the breast. If a breast has to be removed, a mastectomy is less invasive than it used to be. (The medical community no longer uses disfiguring radical mastectomies which removed the breast and a lot of the surrounding tissue.)  Reconstruction can be done during the same operation as a mastectomy.
  • Breast cancer can be talked about openly, even at work. 
  • Emotional support from other women who are experiencing or have experienced a similar situation is available in group settings (support group or self help group) and/or one-on-one with a cancer buddy - including over the internet. (You can also learn a lot of practical information from other men dealing with the same situation).
  • Experience indicates that physical relations between couples ultimately return to being satisfying and loving. Single women successfully return to dating.

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