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Dealing with practical aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis

After a diagnosis of cancer, there may be a number of practical things to think about. These may include the cost of treatment and support, travel and accommodation costs, childcare, or the cost of prostheses and wigs.

Concern about practical issues can affect how a woman feels, especially if it interrupts her daily activities. Some women worry about who will look after the children or another family member while they are in hospital, or how they will cope financially if they are unable to work for a while. Sometimes women feel guilty about the impact of their cancer and its treatment on the family.

This section provides information about some of the practical considerations following a breast cancer diagnosis and where to find more information.

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For more information about practical issues when breast cancer treatment is over, see the Life after breast cancer section.

For more information about symptoms and side effects of secondary breast cancer, see the issues for women with secondary breast cancer section.