Do Doctors Consider My Quality of Life During Breast Cancer Treatment?

Question: Is quality of life during and after breast cancer treatments considered (by the health care team)?

Answer: I think we're now paying much more attention to quality of life issues. In the past, we were so concerned about breast cancer being a terminal disease and so focused on treatment that we somehow forgot, I think, about the quality of life. And now that we're making lots of progress in curing the disease, and in fact, the majority of women today -- more than 70 or 75 percent of women who get breast cancer -- are cured today.

Now we're paying much more attention to a quality of life after treatment or during treatment. So I think we're making positive inroads in many aspects of the care of breast cancer patients. And I think the future is very promising.

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