No one wants to hear that they have been diagnosed with breast cancer and the impact this may have on a younger person can be enormous. It very often highlights the different needs a younger woman has. You may have questions on the following:
How and what to tell your children (if you have children)
Informing the school
Relationship with partner/family
What happens if the chemotherapy affects your fertility
Possible premature menopause
Possible menopausal symptoms
Body image and sexuality
Hormone treatments and their effects
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care has, as part of their website, an area specifically aimed at younger women called the Lavender Trust. They explore issues such as family and friends, children, physical effects, emotional impact etc. They also have booklets on their website on 'breast cancer and the younger woman' that can be accessed through their 'publications' section that are free to download.
Telephone number: 0845 077 1893
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support also have information for younger women www.macmillan.org.uk ) which covers the following:
Having tests and scans
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