Emotional fragility normal after treatment?

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Question from Boadicea: I feel I may need to change my life a bit after mastectomy/chemo, but I seem to be very fragile, emotionally. Is it the same for many?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. You have gone through a very challenging experience. Based on the past, this may be more difficult for you than others. Seeking support from your peers from a support group or a discussion online may give you suggestions how to make it to the other side of this experience.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. If you are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, sustained fear, or depression, these symptoms can also respond very nicely to medication. You have been through a very difficult experience. Many of the treatments for breast cancer can shake up the natural balances in your body. If, after treatment, your natural balances do not realign and equilibrate, these medications may help you feel better. Ask your doctor to see if they may have a role in your care.

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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