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Managing emotional changes due to secondary breast cancer

The experience of being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer is very personal. Many women find the news that cancer has come back or spread more devastating than their original diagnosis.

Women diagnosed with secondary breast cancer often experience a whole range of emotions and feelings. Everyone has their own coping strategies, beliefs and strengths. Individual women and those close to them will find their own way to cope with the diagnosis. However it can be reassuring to know that other women with secondary breast cancer have experienced similar feelings.

Secondary breast cancer can also have a significant impact on partners, children, family and friends. They will probably find the journey difficult and may need support and advice about what they can do to help.

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