Emotional and Spiritual Health

If You’re Having Anxiety or Depression

Anxiety

It’s normal to feel nervous, worried and stressed after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) or when there is a change in your treatment plan. However, if these feelings become chronic and begin to interfere with daily life, you may want to consider asking for help.

Anxiety is one of the most common psychological symptoms in people with breast cancer, and has been shown to have an impact on quality of life. In fact, of the 1,252 US MBC patients surveyed, 37% report anxiety as a contributor to lower quality of life1.

Depression

The emotional burden of a MBC diagnosis can place significant strain on quality of life, and in some cases may lead to depression. There is a difference between feeling sad and being depressed, and your treatment team can help you understand and manage how you are feeling. This tip sheet offers guidance for getting the support you need.

Reference:
  1. 1. Cancer Support Community. Metastatic Breast Cancer Specialty Report 2107. Available at: https://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/sites/default/files/uploads/our-research/2017_Report/the_mcb_specialty_report_7-10.pdf?v=1. Accessed January 3, 2017.

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