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Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in the breast. These cancer cells can spread within the breast, to nearby lymph nodes and other tissues, and to other parts of the body.
Being treated for cancer can weaken your body, and you may feel very tired. Get the rest your body needs so you can feel better.
Learn about breast cancer surgery in Alberta and how to care for yourself before, during, and after surgery at Your Journey Through Breast Cancer Surgery.
Finding out that you have cancer is scary. You may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to make yourself feel better while you go through treatment. Call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 1/9/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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