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How should i provide support for someone requiring breast surgery for cancer?

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Dr. Michael Murray
General Surgery 33 years experience
Be there often: I tell my breast cancer patients to be ready for a tough year. The diagnosis of breast cancer is often initially is tough. But surgery is only the first and sometimes the easiest part of treatment. The patient may also need radiation therapy and chemotherapy which can take close to a yr to complete. Make sure you are still offering support 3, 5 and 12 months down the line.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Ask and listen: Tell her you'd like to support her, and ask her how. Some women want to talk about their fears, while others want to be more private. Just call to chat. And do it again. And again. Many people are scared of cancer and avoid the person with a new diagnosis. Don't do that! let her know you're there. Go here: http://www.Breastfriends.Org/programs/friends-and-family/tips-to-show-you-care/.

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