How to Cope with a Breast Cancer Recurrence

Learn how to cope with the news of a breast cancer recurrence in this Howcast video with expert Marisa Weiss, MD.

Hi, I’m Doctor Marisa Weiss, president and founder of breastcancer.org. I’m also a practicing oncologist, and mom, and also a breast cancer survivor. So I’m happy to share information with you today that could help protect your life against breast cancer. Breast Cancer support coping with a Breast cancer recurrence: If you’ve had breast cancer the fear of recurrence is often huge, and sorta looming. It’s sorta like the elephant in the living room, you know you can’t walk through the living room without worrying about this biggest fear in your life. Over time we try to shrink the elephant, to try to reduce the fear of recurrence. And it’s true though some women that have had breast cancer, due experience breast cancer again. If the original breast cancer comes back that is called recurrence. If a new breast cancer occurs in someone that previously had a breast cancer that might be a separate independent thing not a recurrence. If your experiencing a recurrence, it can come back in the same area where it first showed up. Or it could come back in a different place like, the lymph nodes right near by, under the arms, or at the base of the neck. Or it could come back in other parts of the body like, skin, like lung, bone as example. It is true, if you’ve had breast cancer, I know this because not only am I an oncologist, but I’ve also had breast cancer myself. It’s true that every symptom you feel makes you fearful of recurrence. If you have back pain, or you have a mosquito bite, you think it’s something worse then it usually is. Just know that recurrence can happen. It’s often very treatable. Since you were originally diagnosed medicine has marched forward, and we have many more medical advances then we used to.

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