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Question from twinkle: Hi, my friend was just diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. I am looking to give her encouragement. What can I tell her to make her feel better?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. I think that the most important thing, I would say, is to spend time with her, and to listen to what she is saying and feeling. Based on that, you can best understand how you can be most helpful to her. Let her know that you really care about her. And, ask her if she would like you to go with her to doctor's appointments, offer to find important information about treatment options, and try to encourage her to let other people in, also.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Easing Breast Cancer Fears featured Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about managing emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in June 2000.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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