If you think that the first year after you're diagnosed is the worst - you are right! Research confirms that your emotions as well as your body is highly stressed during that first year, and doesn't always gracefully taper off. But there are ways to deal with this!
A group of newly-diagnosed women took an 8-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and scored well on stress tests. This improved their emotional and physical health! Until the study was over, and then ... read what happened.
"Will I survive breast cancer?" is the question that every patient asks. But when the patient is a college student, a young mother, or a rookie career woman, she faces choices and issues that menopausal women may not have to deal with. An expert is putting together a program of services designed to support just this kind of patient.
I call it "Chemopause" because many chemo drugs induce early menopause. It comes with all the symptoms of natural menopause, but it happens quickly. In younger women, chemopause may be only temporary. But then, you might get to have menopause twice! If it happens, you'll be ready.
Not every oncologist mentions the possibility of chemo causing infertility. Of course, if you're menopausal - there's no issue - but if you're still having periods, you'd better make a plan. Fertility may be preserved, but make sure you know when and how to take the right steps.