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Preparing for surgery

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Surgery is a standard part of breast cancer treatment. Almost everyone diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer has some surgery. Sometimes, people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer have surgery, too.

Surgery is effective, but the recovery that comes with it can be tough. Sensitive skin, fluid buildup in the surgery site, and sore, tight or painful muscles can all be part of recovery.

Watch the video to get tips from women who had surgery about how to prepare yourself and your home for recovery.


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