The End of Cancer Treatment Doesn’t End the Need to Talk

 

The End of Cancer Treatment Doesn't End the Need to TalkBreast Cancer is not a simple disease. The effects of breast cancer go way beyond the physical aspect. A patient not only goes through the physical effects of the disease and treatment but the emotional aspect which can affect mood, work, and family life.  Surviving this disease means not only dealing with the physical changes to your body but also coping with the emotional aspects which can be even harder.  Support is often needed after treatment is complete.

“The chance to trade breast cancer stories and get advice doesn’t end when your treatment does. Many women who felt no need or desire to join a group or online message board during treatment find they can really use the contact and support in the months and years that follow. ‘One woman in our group came a full year-and-a-half after she was done with her treatments,’ says Merijane Block, 55, who facilitates the Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) support group (baysnet.org) in San Francisco and has lived with breast cancer since her first diagnosis in 1991. ‘People come at different times in their process.’

It’s not uncommon, Block says, to suddenly find oneself in remission, freed from the draining cycles of chemo or radiation—but full of worry. It’s as if your life were ‘a box of pick-up sticks that someone turned over and out they came,’ she says.”

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Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris was born in Europe but has lived in the US for many years. He attended college both in Europe and the US and completed medical school at the University of Texas. Residency and fellowship in oncology was completed at Baylor. Read More...
Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton