Women who were diagnosed after finding a lump encouraged others to be aware of any breast changes, and to consult their GP about any suspicious lumps. Most lumps are benign, but early detection of malignant lumps can be effectively treated.
Advises women to be aware of any breast changes and comments on the effectiveness of treatment.
Messages to newly diagnosed women were of support and encouragement. Some women stressed the importance of asking questions and getting as much information as is helpful. A few women recommended getting second opinions if unsure.
Recommends asking as many questions as necessary.
Penny advises women to ask questions, take someone with you to appointments and not to feel hurried.
Many women stressed the importance of talking with other people and of accepting support when needed. One of these women also stressed that different patients are given different treatments and that this should not cause concern.
Explains that different patients receive different treatments, and stresses the importance of…
Having a positive attitude was also stressed as important and several women discussed fighting or beating breast cancer with an optimistic and positive frame of mind.
Explains that you have to be positive and active about beating breast cancer.
Several women encouraged others not to be afraid when diagnosed and to view breast cancer as a temporary interruption. A few women suggested eating healthily during treatments and exercising afterwards in order to avoid complications such as lymphoedema. Others suggested taking as much rest as necessary and trying not to worry.
Explains that breast cancer can be seen as just another illness rather than much worse than…
Many women stressed that, these days, breast cancer can be treated effectively and normal life can be resumed after treatment. Some women mentioned the positive outcomes of the experience. Others encouraged women to enjoy each day rather than dwelling on the illness.
Explains that it is better to enjoy each day than to worry about illness.
Ingrid recommends having a project to focus on and plan aside from the cancer. She and her…
Some women had messages for family members, friends and others who are concerned about someone who is newly diagnosed. One stressed the importance of giving support and encouragement, and another of support through regular contact.