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A 35-year-old member asked:

Diagnosed with breast cancer at 23 and had a double mastectomy at 25. what can i do to prevent my panick attacks?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Hey, you: Are a survivor, congratulations. Not sure if you link your cancer DX with the panic attack. Many of the answers can be dealt with by psychiatrists/psychologist using cognitive therapy. Sometimes benzodiazapine class helps, but they can make you drowsy.
Dr. John Rimmer
General Surgery 40 years experience
Understandable: It is norma to be anxious in this situation you could join breast cancer support groups and discuss your situation with other women who have been in your situation or you could take medication to relieve te anxiety.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Dr. Chad Levitt commented
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
I would also discuss with your primary doctor or oncologist these feelings and ways that would work for u to manage them. Stress management
Feb 10, 2013
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 24 years experience
Normal: You should realize that you have lowered your risk to as low as possible. You risk for a future breast cancer is not 0% but it as close as you can get. I recommend professional psychiatric help so that you can get to the root of these thoughts so you can go on to live a fabulously, healthy, fulfilling life. I hope your cancer team offered reconstruction . Good luck and enjoy survivorship!
Last updated Oct 24, 2017


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