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12/6/2012how are family members supposed to cope with a breast cancer diagnosis? it is such an unpredictable disease and unlike other cancers, risk does not go down after 5 years or even 10 especially for hormone positive bc. as a family member, it seems i will never be happy again as every day and every year it will be like waiting for the other shoe to drop. how are we supposed to live knowing our beloveds could be found to have a met. any day. overall survival has remained the same over the past 25 years. how can they say we are making any progress?
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12/6/2012please don't assume that women who have hormone receptor positive breast cancer carry a high risk of recurrence for the rest of their life because they don't. most patients with ER positive disease who take hormonal therapy don't ever revisit this disease again. Regarding family members, there are some great resources:

Breast cancer husband-- great book for men

Mothers supporting daughters with breast cancer---

What you are describing though is not your family's concerns but your personal fears. don't allow this disease to steal away your time- personal, professional or family time. it doesn't deserve it. survival has steadily increased for the last 10 years too. we have the lowest number of women with metastatic disease being diagnosed than ever before. you need to read more accurate info that you are finding. i am 20 years out and have seen incredible progress which gives me great hope for my daughter and granddaughter.

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