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Managing emotional changes due to breast cancer

Women describe a number of feelings after a diagnosis of breast cancer. A diagnosis of breast cancer can also have a significant impact on a woman’s family and friends.

It’s likely that feelings will change or become more intense at different points in the cancer journey. Some people say their feelings are strongest when they’re first diagnosed. Others say their emotions hit them later when they have time to reflect on what has happened. For many people these feelings ease with time.

This section describes how a diagnosis of breast cancer can affect a woman, her family, partner and children and provides information about how to access help and support.

Women who are experiencing feelings that are overwhelming them or preventing them from sleeping or doing everyday activities should talk to a member of their healthcare team. Treatments and support are available and can help.

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