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What does it mean to be a breast cancer survivor?

Surviving breast cancer can be defined in 2 ways:

  • No sign of breast cancer after you've completed your treatment
  • A process in which you continue treatment to try to reduce your risk for breast cancer recurrence or to help manage your everyday life with breast cancer

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


How can I make a plan for breast cancer survivorship?

A breast cancer survivorship plan can help you and your care partner better prepare for situations you may face now or in the future. This plan might include your medical history, the treatment you are getting, when office visits should be scheduled, and even a healthy-lifestyle journal.

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


What is the difference between palliative care and hospice for someone with breast cancer?

Palliative care is care given to someone with breast cancer to help comfort her. It is often given by a specialist on the care team. This type of care starts at diagnosis and continues throughout treatment. It can help treat the breast cancer and the symptoms and side effects of the breast cancer and its treatment. Palliative care can also help give emotional, spiritual, and social support.

Hospice care is a type of palliative care that is given when the person with breast cancer is near the end of her life. Talk with your or your loved one's doctor or healthcare provider for more information.

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.

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