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What to Do Once You've Been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

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What to Do Once You've Been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Coping With a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event and can be overwhelming, to say the least. Not only can treating this chronic health issue affect how you feel physically, it can also change how you view yourself, your relationships, and even your desire to do the things you once loved.

The health experts at McDonough District Hospital are here to share tips to help you cope with the news.

Express Your Needs to Your Loved Ones

Whether it’s your spouse, parents, siblings, or friends — it is important to reach out to your support system and let them know how they can best support you. Although they may want to be there for you, they may not know how. Try being as specific as possible with what you need, like asking:

  • Will you come with me to my next appointment?
  • Can you help me clean up around the house?
  • Can you stop by the grocery store for me?

Let Your Feelings Out

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can weigh heavily on your mental and emotional health. Rather than keeping your feelings inside, find healthy ways to let them out. Try some of the following tips:

  • Talk to a close friend or family member.
  • Try joining a support group.
  • Talk to a therapist.
  • Try journaling.

Learn More About Your Condition

Not knowing about what you’re facing can make cancer treatment seem even scarier. Learning more accurate information about breast cancer and your specific condition can help ease your nerves.

Women’s Health Services and Diagnostic Imaging in Macomb, Illinois

MDH focuses on technology to offer you the best in medical imaging. Digital images are viewed using the Picture Archive Communication System (PACS) and Digital Radiography (DR) to distribute imaging information and provide a wide range of radiology services.

To learn more about our women’s health services, visit our website or give us a call at (309) 833-4101.