The Basics

Updated 
August 31, 2015

As a visitor to this area of our website, you probably recently heard words you never wanted to hear: “You have breast cancer.”

At this time, it’s normal to have a range of emotions, including shock, fear, stressinfo-icon, anger or numbness. Maybe you feel overwhelmed by the medical terms you are hearing. You may be worried about the well-being of your family, the costs of treatment, or the possibility of pain, hair loss or other side effects of treatment. You may be asking, How will I get through this? Will I live?

In The Basics, we discuss some core issues about breast cancer that may be helpful in the coming days, weeks and months, as you find out more about what you are facing. For more details about what you can find in this section, look at the navigation on the left.