Life after breast cancer
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After the successful treatment of breast cancer, it is a relief to all to know that the worst is over.
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and surgery are all treatments that a cancer survivor may have endured during their illness.
However, despite being clear, there is still a real chance that ongoing symptoms or secondary cancer can occur. This is why breast cancer travel insurance is essential for those who travel frequently. Not only will it cover possessions, but also any medical expenses or repatriation cover should the worst happen.
There are some symptoms that may never go away after treatment, and some which are just temporary. Either way, it is important to recognise what these are, monitor and understand them.
Although common, depression is not an easy condition to cope with and it is more likely to come at times of great stress or worry, such as post-treatment. Those affected have a lack of energy and are generally gloomy and unmotivated.
It is advised that sufferers speak to loved ones as much as possible and set themselves achievable goals whilst being kind unto them. Seeking out a GP is the best course of action if no improvements come over the course of several months.
Fatigue is closely linked to depression as it generally makes a person feel tired. Fatigue could have psychological, physical or emotional affects if not treated. Plenty of rest, short bursts of exercise, relaxation techniques and lots of fluids are recommended to combat fatigue.
Lymphoedema commonly affects women who have had breast cancer treatment. It is a swelling caused by the build up of lymph fluid in the surface tissues of the body. It is a reaction to radiotherapy and surgery which occurs around glands and even armpits. The condition is long-term. It can be controlled but not cured.
The onset of osteoporosis is also a risk to cancer survivors. Typically not affecting women until the age of 50 and above, osteoporosis is a weakening of the bones which is hard to detect until an injury has been sustained. The wrists, hips and spine are the most common sites for fractures. Again, this is a condition that can be managed, but not prevented.
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