The psychological impact of a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis on patients’ lives

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Published: 5 Dec 2017
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Eva Schumacher-Wulf

A diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer represents an emotionally challenging event in a woman’s life. Many patients experience uncertainty about their future and maintaining a positive outlook can be extremely difficult. In the last decade, advances in screening and disease management have greatly contributed to a decline in breast cancer deaths. However, the risk of treatment failure represents a major source of fear and anxiety for patients affected by aggressive malignancies.

Eva Schumacher-Wulf was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only 34 years old. At the time, she grew frustrated by how difficult it was to decode technical medical information – so, two years later, she funded the German magazine “Mamma Mia!”, where women affected by breast cancer could learn more about their disease in a patient-friendly language. In this short interview, Mrs Schumacher-Wulf explains the psychological challenges patients have to face after a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer. 

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