If breast cancer is caught and treated early enough, it is possible to be completely cured with very little long term effect. But even then it is a serious illness and at its best it will affect you, and those close to you, for several months at least, and you will then need to be checked regularly for a number of years.
Some women live with the effects of breast cancer and / or its treatment in the long term, perhaps for many years.
We have a separate page for those whose cancer has metastasised or come back here.
Having breast cancer can have an impact on many areas of your life, including, to give just a few examples:
- How you feel about your body;
- Your relationships (we have a section here on Family and Friends);
- Your chances of becoming pregnant;
- Your employment and financial situation.
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has several web pages that look at these and other effects of living with breast cancer.