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10 Ways to Improve Quality of Life During Breast Cancer Treatment

You have resources to help you during treatment.

If you’re being treated for breast cancer and feel a bit lost or adrift, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon for women undergoing treatment to need help finding the most effective strategies for improving their quality of life. You have many options that can help you feel better, calmer, more optimistic, less fatigued, and perhaps even stronger. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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