Rethink Breast Cancer's care priorities for young women with breast cancer
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is tough at any age, but being diagnosed when you’re young makes it even harder. Young women with breast cancer have unique care needs such as challenges with fertility, relationships, body image, or financial concerns that may be different than older patients. That’s why we’ve created these recommended Care Priorities, to help young women get the unique care they really need.
Receive Treatment And Care Tailored To You, No Matter What Type Or Stage.
You should receive treatment and care from healthcare professionals who are sensitive to the unique needs and concerns that you may face as a young woman with breast cancer.Learn more More on rethink website
Be Asked About Breast Cancer In Your Family
You should have a full family history taken as soon as possible as it relates to inherited cancer risk. If appropriate, you should be offered a referral to a genetic specialist for testing and counselling.Learn more More on rethink website
Be Informed About Potential Changes To Your Sexual And Mental Health
You should be told about the risk of menstrual irregularity or early menopause as a result of some treatments, as well as potential impact on bone, sexual and mental health, body weight and image. Where appropriate, you should be given support and resources on coping with these side effects of treatment.Learn more More on rethink website
Be Informed About Effects On Your Fertility And Receive Special Care If You’re Pregnant Or A New Mom
You should be given a full explanation about the possible impact of treatment on fertility, including support and resources for contraception and pregnancy after treatment. If appropriate, receive options for preserving fertility. Similarly, be offered specialized counselling if you are diagnosed during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth to help you cope. If you have to be treated with chemotherapy during pregnancy, you should have access to a specialist with experience in this area.Learn more More on rethink website
Be Offered Resources For Your Children And Family
If you have kids, you should be informed about community-based resources to help you with childcare during your treatment and recovery, as well as domestic services and support resources to help other family members cope.Learn more More on rethink website
Be Given The Opportunity To Talk To Someone
You should have the opportunity to discuss some of the complex life decisions you may be facing in a supportive environment with a skilled counsellor or therapist, especially if you are having difficulty coping with making major life decisions sooner than you expected.Learn more More on rethink website
Be Informed About Your Options For Breast Reconstruction
You should be fully informed about breast reconstruction options, including the option to opt out altogether. You should also be told about the possible risks and the reality of the look and feel of reconstructed breasts.Learn more More on rethink website
Be Offered Resources For Financial Support
You should be asked if you need a referral to discuss the financial impact of your diagnosis. Topics might include employment rights, benefit plans, coping with a loss of income, and the effects on mortgage and insurance.Learn more More on rethink website
Be Offered Specialized Supportive Care Services With A Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis
You should be offered access to supportive care services through palliative care at the time of your metastatic diagnosis. Services include nutrition, pain management, physical and occupational therapy, and psychosocial support.Learn more More on rethink website
Know That You’re Not Alone
You should have the opportunity to be connected with other young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. You also should be told about long-term sources of post-treatment peer support.Learn more More on rethink website
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Use this book to help you and your loved ones navigate your diagnosis and treatment, and ensure that your unique needs are addressed in a timely manner. Write down any questions that you have, keep notes and important contact information, and share this info with your supporters so they can help you get access to the resources you need.
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