Is experience over when treatment ends?

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Question from Penny: Now that my treatment has ended, many family and friends try to change the subject when I try to talk about what I have been through. Am I supposed to pretend this has never happened now?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. This is a very common problem, because family and friends think it is over because your treatment is over. In fact, you have to do a lot of recovery, and these include physical, emotional, and social recovery in terms of prioritizing important things and resuming a normal life. It is not uncommon for women to feel this way. Sometimes a support group can be particularly helpful.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Not uncommonly, your own expectations of yourself to get back to normal ASAP can also be burdensome. Managing your own and others' expectations becomes important. Your doctor or nurse can help set realistic expectations for you and your family. Bring them in with you as you finish up your treatment so you can best make way for a good period of recovery and to get support from your family.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Quality of Life featured Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how breast cancer can affect physical, emotional, social, and sexual aspects of your life.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2001.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of 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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