Consumer Health: Coping with pain after breast cancer surgery

a middle aged Asian woman sitting on a couch near a window with her hand on her chest looking worried, sad, perhaps in pain

Breast cancer will affect 1 in 8 women, according to the American Cancer Society. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S.

Most women undergo surgery for breast cancer, in addition to chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation. After breast surgery, 25% to 60% report of women report some level of pain or sensations. Treatment depends on the type and severity of pain.

Learn more about coping with pain after breast cancer surgery from Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a Mayo Clinic general internal medicine physician and past director of the Mayo Clinic Breast Diagnostic Clinic.

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