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Our medical experts break down each treatment into its components, so you better understand your options and the questions to ask to get the answers you need. Whether you're looking to better understand your path, validate your choices, prepare for treatment, join a clinical trial, or just visualize the road ahead, we are here for you.

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Chemobrain

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If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and you’ve had trouble concentrating on a task, remembering words or directions, doing several things at once, or recalling a date or phone number, you may be experiencing cognitive changes after cancer treatment, often called “chemobrain.”

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Insomnia and fatigue

08/19/22 | BY: Dianne L. Hyman

Cancer-related insomnia and fatigue are very common with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and can develop for many reasons. Insomnia is difficulty falling and staying asleep. Cancer-related fatigue is significant tiredness, exhaustion, and weakness that is not relieved after sleeping.

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Heart health

08/15/22 | BY: Lori Ranallo

Heart problems are a rare but serious side effect of some medicines used to treat breast cancer. These medicines can damage the heart muscle and its ability to pump blood as well as it should.

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Hand-foot syndrome

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Pain

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It’s very common to worry about whether breast cancer and its treatment will cause pain. People diagnosed with any stage of breast cancer may experience pain caused by the cancer or its treatment. Still, not everyone experiences pain.

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Neutropenia

08/15/22 | BY: Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez

Neutropenia is a condition caused by lower-than-normal amounts of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell. Chemotherapy can cause neutropenia because it kills rapidly dividing cells, including cancer cells and healthy white blood cells. Other cancer treatments can also cause neutropenia.

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Neuropathy

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Neuropathy is a medical term used to describe pain or discomfort caused by damage to the body’s peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system includes the nerves that control movement and sensations in the arms and legs. Some breast cancer treatments can damage these nerves, causing neuropathy.

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Nausea and vomiting

08/15/22 | BY: Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez

Nausea is a feeling of sickness or discomfort in the stomach that may come with an urge to vomit. It's a common side effect of some types of breast cancer treatment.

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Nail and skin changes

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Reviewed and updated: June 30, 2022

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