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In the U.S., most people diagnosed with breast cancer will live for many years. Today, there are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. (more than any other group of cancer survivors!) [219].

At Susan G. Komen®, we view anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, a survivor, from the time of diagnosis through the end of life. The American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute use a similar definition [2,219]. We recognize though that not everyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer will identify with this term or see themselves as a survivor.

This section discusses the unique issues and concerns you may face and ways to deal with them.

 

How we’re helping

Thanks in part to Susan G. Komen®’s investment in research in early detection and treatment, breast cancer mortality (death) in women in the U.S. declined 40 percent from 1989-2017 [1].

Medical Care

FOLLOW-UP CARE AFTER TREATMENT

LATE EFFECTS OF TREATMENT

SURVIVAL AND RISK OF RECURRENCE AFTER TREATMENT

WHAT IF BREAST CANCER RETURNS

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR

Other Health Concerns

FATIGUE AND INSOMNIA

HAVING CHILDREN AFTER BREAST CANCER

LYMPHEDEMA

MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS

QUALITY OF LIFE

SEXUALITY AND INTIMACY

Complementary and Integrative Therapies

INDIVIDUAL THERAPIES

SAFETY, SCIENCE, RESOURCES AND OTHER RELATED TOPICS

Healthy Lifestyle

HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT

HEALTHY DIET

LIMITING ALCOHOL

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (EXERCISE)

NOT SMOKING

Stress, Fears and Concerns

CONCERN FOR FAMILY MEMBERS

COPING WITH STRESS

FEAR OF RECURRENCE

WORKING DURING TREATMENT

You’re not alone

No matter how long ago you completed breast cancer treatment and no matter the struggles you face, there are likely other people who have been where you are today.

Sharing experiences and advice with other survivors may be helpful. We have a list of resources for finding local and online support groups. Your health care provider can also tell you how to find a local support group.

After treatment ends, there are many ways to stay active in the breast cancer community. Getting involved can be personally rewarding and can impact the lives of others.

SUPPORT FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS

SUPPORT FOR FAMILY,FRIENDS AND OTHER LOVED ONES

SUSAN G. KOMEN® SUPPORT RESOURCES

  • If you or a loved one needs more information about breast health or breast cancer, call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636). All calls are answered by a trained specialist or oncology social worker in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. You can also email the helpline at helpline@komen.org
  • Our free, 6-week telephone support groups for men with breast cancer provide a safe place for men to discuss the challenges of breast cancer, get information and exchange support. To learn more, call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or email helpline@komen.org.
  • Komen Affiliates offer breast health education as well as fund breast cancer programs through local community organizations. Your local Affiliate may also help you find breast cancer resources in your area. Find your local Affiliate.
  • Our Family and Friends section has detailed information and resources for loved ones.
  • Our fact sheets, booklets and other education materials offer additional information.

 

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