Suggestions for pick-me-ups?

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Question from Nancy T: What do you suggest as a pick-me-up for women during treatment? I would like to help out a friend, and I just don't know where to start (she is pretty down at present).
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. I think you are talking about her mood, but you might be talking about her energy level. Both could be affected during treatment. In terms of mood, talking to your friend and allowing her to share her feelings would help support her through this and let her know you care. Other things that can be done are to help out with household chores to make it easier for her to rest and restore her energy. If her change in mood is very different from how you knew her before, you might encourage her to talk to her doctor about her changes in mood or lack of interest in activities. The physician may be able to prescribe medication to help her or advise other counseling and support.

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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