Life After Breast Cancer

Millions of people worldwide are affected by breast cancer and fortunately, as technology advances, newer treatments give those affected a greater hope for survival. Those of us who have never faced cancer may think that after treatment ends, the cancer is over and life goes back to normal, but life after treatment can be a difficult road. These are a few of the symptoms a survivor might be challenged with that you may not be aware of:

Effects of radiation therapy

A couple of months after finishing radiation therapy, some might experience breathlessness a dry cough and/or chest pain because radiation therapy can cause fibrosis, the swelling and thickening of the lungs.

Changes to the body

After a mastectomy or lumpectomy, the body may have a new look and have many feeling self-conscious. The breast may have a different size or shape and you could experience numbness, bruising or swelling.

Menopausal symptoms

Menopausal symptoms include hot flushes and night sweats, which are a common side effect of treatment for breast cancer. This happens due to the treatment stopping the effect of female hormones or their production altogether.

These symptoms can often be treated if you consult your doctor. However, addressing these and more is important to understand the hardships survivors face.


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