9 Ways to Manage Stress With Advanced Breast Cancer
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Stress doesn’t have to take a toll.

Adjusting to life with advanced breast cancer can bring about all sorts of emotions. From anger about your diagnosis to fear about upcoming treatments to worry about work, your family and the future, the stress can take its toll. Some days, you may even feel like it’s more than you can handle. But if you can find healthy ways to manage your stress, it can help you cope better with treatments, side effects and the wide range of emotions and challenges you’re going through. In fact, a recent study shows that stress management can change thought patterns and enhance the quality of life in breast cancer patients. Try some of the following tips to manage stress and see what works best for you.

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