Breast Cancer Patients Advised to Treat Mental, as Well as Physical, Impact of Disease

Breast Cancer Patients Advised to Treat Mental, as Well as Physical, Impact of Disease
Being diagnosed with  breast cancer (BC) can be devastating and seriously affect a patient’s mental health, and the resulting psychological stress can strongly impact their physical recovery. This is why a Rowan University scholar is calling for women to consider seeking emotional and mental medical support after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. "Breast cancer is more than skin deep. It's not just about your external body image. It's not just about secondary sexual characteristics. It's not just about breasts. It's more than that. The psyche and the physical body are interconnected, so you really can't address one and not the other," Georita Frierson, PhD, associate professor of psychology and director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Rowan University in New Jersey, said in a press release. Frierson, based on her research, advises breast cancer patients to consider the following as they set out to treat their cancer:
  1. Severe and acute stress may occur when you receive a breast cancer diagnosis
  2. The acute distress can lead to a lower quality of life
  3. Physical activity is important to improve mood and other health outcomes in breast cancer
  4. Cancer treatments have the potential to affect intimate relationships
  5. After breast cancer surgeries, patients may have body image distress
  6. Treatment or recovery can disrupt one’s employment, including the loss of a job
  7. Patients in distress may see their diets change or experience appetite disturbances
  8. The taste of certain f
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