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Question from BDT: Is it better for the person to know how frightened I am? Or should I hide my fear?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. At the very beginning, your friend is much too vulnerable to be able to tolerate anyone else's fear. The patient's own fear is too intense and she needs to feel that she has strong people to lean on. You can confirm for her that it's understandable that she is frightened, that most people would be. But together, you'll get through this.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Partners, Loved Ones, Caregivers: Taking Care of You featured Author Marc Silver and moderator Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. answering your questions about how you can take care of your loved one and yourself during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2007.

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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