Why Finding Support During Breast Cancer Treatment is Crucial


Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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If you haven’t started treatment for your breast cancer, or if you’re at the beginning of your treatment journey, there’s one thing you should know: ongoing support during your breast cancer treatment is crucial to your health. Studies have shown women in treatment with a strong social support system have better health outcomes and a more positive body image compared to women without support networks. And there are many other reasons why leaning on others during this difficult process can make a big difference.

Loved ones can help you follow your treatment plan.

Your treatment plan involves quite a few components which all work together to help you achieve the best outcome possible. It’s important to follow your treatment plan exactly as your doctor says, but this might mean you’ll be faced with certain practical challenges.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: May 12, 2017

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