Question: How does breast cancer affect relationships?

A cancer diagnosis imposes significant emotional distress on a substantial proportion of patients and their partners, posing many challenges for both members of a couple. Facing a breast cancer diagnosis, couples may experience psychosocial distress, which might also affect their individual and dyadic functioning.

How does breast cancer affect family and friends?

Cancer affects family and friends, not just the person with the disease. The people in your life may also feel worried, angry, or afraid. Family members may be very supportive, or they may start acting differently towards you.

How does breast cancer affect daily life?

These may include hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, fatigue, chronic breast pain, lymphedema and a loss of sex drive. It can be hard to plan for or cope with these late effects since they vary from person to person.

Are mood swings a symptom of breast cancer?

Breast cancer survivors may deal with a whole range of symptoms, from headaches to heart problems and even blood clots. Some of the most common symptoms that many survivors experience after they have completed treatment are fatigue, mood swings, weight changes and lymphedema.

What are the chances of Stage 1 breast cancer coming back?

For example, women diagnosed with T1 cancer with zero positive lymph nodes had less than a 1% risk of distant recurrence per year for 5 to 20 years after diagnosis. This works out to be a cumulative risk of distant recurrence of 13% 20 years after diagnosis.

What is the life expectancy of breast cancer?

The average 5-year survival rate for women with non-metastatic invasive breast cancer is 90%. The average 10-year survival rate for women with non-metastatic invasive breast cancer is 84%. If the invasive breast cancer is located only in the breast, the 5-year survival rate of women with this disease is 99%.

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