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Finding out that you have breast cancer can be a lot to take in. You may feel a range of emotions and not know where to turn for help. There are different kinds of support programs to help you find your way. Ask your health care team about which one is best for you.

Some breast cancer support programs and resources to help you include: 

Your health care team

You may meet different people in the health care field such as social workers, clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals with experience in breast cancer treatment. They’re here to help you learn how to cope with your physical, emotional and lifestyle changes.

Organized support programs

Throughout your experience with breast cancer you may have a lot of questions. Support programs are good places to find additional information and connect with others who are living through similar experiences. These programs may be offered through your hospital or treatment centre.

Types of questions to ask:

  • What information/resources are available for patients and their caregivers?

  • What type of support is available and in what type of forum?

Peer support

You may find it helps to spend time with others who are going through, or who have gone through, similar things you are. They might understand how you feel, talk to you about what to expect, share their experiences on how they cope and offer you support.

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The cancer is gone – but your fears are not.

Fear of cancer coming back is one of the most common concerns for patients, and a main reason for seeking professional help or support.

Did you know?

  • Survivors who are diagnosed at a younger age, have greater fears of recurrence.
  • Fear of cancer returning is the most common fear in the first year after breast cancer treatment.

Don’t ignore the fears you may be having about cancer returning.

Remember that psychological stress can trigger illness and an overall sense of feeling unwell. It is critical that you take care of your emotional needs.