BREAST CANCER - How to deal with physical and psychological pain after treatment
Once you complete your treatment for breast cancer, a new phase in your recovery be- gins. During this period, which can take up to a year, you may experience both physical pain and psychological distress. Here are some tips to help you cope. PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS Whether you underwent surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of treatments, your body has been put to the
test. Now, it’s important to give yourself time to heal and follow these recommendations:
chest, arm or armpit after surgery, you may have post-mastectomy pain syn- drome. Speak with your doctor, as seve- ral treatment options exist, including me- dication and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. 3. If you have symptoms of lymphedema (a feeling of heaviness, swelling of the limbs, etc.) or neuropathy (numbness or tingling in the extremities, etc.), be sure to consult your health-care teamas soon as possible. PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS Remember to be patient with yourself, as your mental recovery frombreast cancer may be the most difficult part. Talk to your heal- th-care team and surround yourself with lovedones, especially in the following situa- tions:
reconstructive surgery may be an option) • You live with the fear that the cancer may return, which can cause anxiety and depression • You have a history or high risk of developing mental health issues • You begin to experience problems with sex, intimacy or fertility
1. If pain persists in your arm or shoulder, you may have axillary web syndrome, also known as cording. Continue to perform the daily stretches recommended by your physiotherapist to the point of tension but not pain.
Formore advice, speakwith your health-care team or visit cancer.ca.
2. If you experience pain or tingling in your
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• You experience low self-esteem because of how your body looks (keep in mind that
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