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Common feelings for women with secondary breast cancer

Women describe a number of feelings after a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer. It’s likely that feelings will change or become more intense at different times.

  • Many women say they feel scared, anxious, sad or depressed about their diagnosis.
  • Women who have gone through diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer before often say they feel angry or frustrated that breast cancer has come back, or feel they are being punished for something they have done.
  • Some women say they feel a sense of loneliness or isolation or that they have lost their identity.
  • Others find themselves asking questions about the meaning of life, or find their beliefs are shaken by their diagnosis.
If you have been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and are experiencing feelings that are overwhelming you or preventing you from sleeping or doing everyday activities, talk to your doctor, nurse or another health professional. Treatments and therapies are available and can help.

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