Breast Cancer - Prognosis

Survival rates for breast cancer depend very much on the type of cancer found and how early it was diagnosed. In general, cancers that are found earlier are more likely to be treated successfully. Patients who have surgery often return to a normal lifestyle within about a month. Exercises help patients regain strength and flexibility of the arms, shoulders, and chest.

Patients who receive treatment for breast cancer often experience emotional problems. They may become moody or depressed, lose their appetite, or feel unworthy or uninterested in sexual activities. Support groups are available to help women get through the most difficult period after diagnosis and treatment. Support groups consist of other individuals who have experienced the same medical problem and, sometimes, professional counselors.

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