Priorities change after diagnosis?

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Question from Nana: It seems that my priorities have changed since I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Why would this happen?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. This is a very common report that women who have had breast cancer tell us. Having this type of experience really sorts out who are your friends and what is important to you. Things get prioritized in a way that you have never thought about them before, having faced such a serious illness. Many women I have taken care of have had complete transformations in their occupations and interests as a result of breast cancer diagnosis, and there is often a sense of freedom to change one's mind about what one is doing on an everyday basis, because life is precious, and you want to live it to the fullest.

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 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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