Family & relationships

Telling a loved one that you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer can be one of the hardest moments of your life. If you have children, you may be very concerned about how to help them feel supported while you’re undergoing treatment. And if you have a partner, a breast cancer diagnosis can bring up feelings of vulnerability around intimacy – for both of you. On these pages, you can find guidance and insights for communicating with those closest to you about the diagnosis, things that may change, and what you need.

Breast Cancer Helpline

When you’re ready to talk, we’re ready to listen.
Get emotional support, insights and hope from a trained volunteer who has been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.


After I got the call about my diagnosis, I was literally speechless and felt like I had been punched in the stomach. I didn’t have it in me to call my parents and tell them.

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