Breast Cancer Coping Strategies
By Annette E. Barton, ACSW, BCD

 

Breast cancer can affect every aspect of your life by impacting your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.  Breast cancer surgery and treatments can create pain and discomfort.  You may feel less attractive after a mastectomy, radiation or chemotherapy treatments. You can begin to think differently about yourself and the world around you.  You might feel frightened, alone, depressed, angry and alienated and question why this had to happen to you. 

Breast cancer can also provide opportunities for positive changes.  This can become a time to slow down, evaluate what is important in your life, and learn how to really nurture yourself.  These strategies are offered with the hope that you can find a better way to live with your cancer.

Diet:

Many studies have shown the importance of diet in a healthy lifestyle.  Several dietary changes have specific relevance to breast cancer.

Pain Management:

Treatment for breast cancer may cause discomfort.  You can utilize these techniques for assistance.

Appearance:

Breast cancer can cause a woman to feel less attractive.  There are many things which you can do to decrease this possibility.

Movement/Exercise:

You may be very tired when you undergo treatment.  You can speed your healing time by strengthening yourself with movement and exercise.

Mental:

Breast Cancer can severely alter how you think about yourself and the world around you.  It is beneficial to practice positive mental attitudes.

Spiritual:

Emotional:

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2005-2007, Annette Barton, ACSW, BCD

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