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Emotional Reactions

Emotional Reaction to a Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Naturally, the reaction to being told that you have breast cancer is very emotional. Feelings of fear, helplessness, guilt and depression are common. The initial reaction is often denial and rejection of the diagnosis: ‘The test results must be wrong.' 'It cannot be true that I have cancer.’

This denial response is a defence mechanism. It allows a person to adjust to their diagnosis and to eventually acknowledge the fact that they have cancer. The London Breast Institute have Clinical Nurse Specialists with the skills to help patients and their families by providing information and exploring their fears and anxieties.