Breast Cancer Awareness: The Psychological Aspects

October 26, 2015 5:54 PM

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Breast Cancer Awareness: The Psychological Aspects

When we think of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our thoughts usually go directly to the physical devastation that this cancer wreaks on its victims and what we can do in order to make our contribution to the research to find the cure. However, little consideration is ever given to the toll that this disease takes on the mental health of its victims, their caregivers and even their medical team members, particularly for those dealing with advanced breast cancer. This awareness was graphically brought to my attention when I recently viewed the survey results of a study that had first been shared in 2014.

Therefore, I was extremely grateful to have a chance to discuss these results with Dr. Helen L. Coons, Ph.D, ABPP who has specialized in psychosocial oncology for over 25 years and is also a breast cancer survivor as well. As she explained, it is perfectly natural upon initial diagnosis to have to f...

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