The experience of being diagnosed with, and treated for DCIS, LCIS or breast cancer is often described as an emotional rollercoaster. DCIS, LCIS, breast cancer and their treatments have physical, emotional and practical implications.
Being well-informed allows you to manage your treatment and any side effects according to your needs and personal circumstances. It can also enable you to live the best life possible during treatment and beyond.
Adjusting to the changes brought about by DCIS, LCIS and breast cancer takes time. It is important to know there is a wide range of support available to help and support you and your family.
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is here to help you.
Although DCIS and LCIS is not invasive breast cancer and has a very good prognosis, you may understandably feel very anxious and frightened by the experience. You may struggle to come to terms with the fact that you are being offered treatment such as surgery, while at the same time you are being told your DCIS or LCIS may do you no harm.
Life can change after a DCIS or LCIS diagnosis. You might find that being diagnosed with DCIS or LCIS prompts you to rethink your lifestyle, and what is most important to you. Try to give yourself time to work through these issues on your own terms. Looking after your emotional and physical health can help keep you energised and focused as you complete your treatment and live well after treatment.
The following collection of resources can be helpful for people with a diagnosis of DCIS or LCIS.
Breast cancer can have an impact on your physical and emotional wellbeing. It can affect the way you feel about your body, your sexuality and your relationships. How you respond to your diagnosis and treatment will depend on many factors unique to you. Looking after your physical and emotional can help keep you energised and focused as you complete your treatment.
It is important to know you can depend on and reach out to you support team – this may include your treating team and your wider support network, including family, friend and work colleagues. Many people find strength through other people who have been through a similar experience with breast cancer. It is important to be kind to yourself and give yourself the time you need to heal and adjust to the changes in your life.
The following collection of resources has been designed for people who are living with early breast cancer.
Based on the experience of the BCNA network of Australians affected by breast cancer, we have developed resources to help you feel informed, connected and supported.
These are some of the things we are often asked by people who are living with DCIS, LCIS or early breast cancer.